Elymus riparius
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Hardiness Zone: 3-8 Height: 3-4 feet; 0.9-1.2 metres Spread: 1.5-2 feet; 0.45-0.6 metres Sun: Part shade to shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: Birds are attracted to the large seeds Bloom Colour: Yellow/green Tolerates: Deer Culture: Riverbank wild rye is easily grown in all medium moist soils in a part shade location. This grass particularly likes rich organic soils. Noteworthy Characteristics: Riverbank Wild Rye is a 3' to 4' tall native perennial cool season bunch grass and is the tallest of the native wild rye species. This plant is usually found in moist, often sandy, ground in woodland edges and field margins, but most often, as the name implies, along the banks of rivers and creeks. River Bank Wild Rye flowers in early summer. The tall gracefully arching seed heads makes this plant valuable for ornamental uses. Garden Uses: Mixed border; native plant garden; woodland edge planting; rain garden