Elymus glaucus

According to Heritage Seedlings, “This tall (up to 5 feet in flower) perennial grass is native to many western states and does well in a variety of habitats. The flowers are in spikes with long awns and turn golden brown in our mid-summer prairies looking impressive as they wave in the breeze. This is not a dominant grass of our Willamette Valley prairies but an important component to add diversity to a site.” Images taken by Matt Lavin and used under the Share-Alike 2.0 License.

Elymus glaucus stem © Matt Lavin
patch of Elymus glaucus © M. Lavin
Inflorescence of E. glaucus © M. Lavin
  • Elymus glaucus stem © Matt Lavin
  • patch of Elymus glaucus © M. Lavin
  • Inflorescence of E. glaucus © M. Lavin

Plant Details

Habitat:
Upland Prairie and Savanna
Wet Prairie
Mature Height:
5 ft.
Shade Preference:
Partial Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
Moist to dry, well-drained soils.