A very large native bunchgrass, blue wildrye can grow up to 3′-5′ tall with an upright growth habit. It is a common and widespread species that tolerates a wide variety of soil and weather conditions: meadows, grasslands, chaparral, woodland and forest. Native bunchgrasses are larval host plants for certain butterflies. This species has important ethnobotanical value as it was used by some Native American tribes as a cereal grain and for basketry, and is still used today. It is drought tolerant, establishes well from seed, and provides beneficial competition with non-native annual grasses when used for habitat restoration.
Blue wildrye (Elymus glaucus) seed packets contain approximately 115 seeds.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.