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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

grass Elymus Canadensis / Family: Poaceae
Canada/Nodding Wild Rye, Swink/Wilhelm # 4

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SEED TIMING: September to mid-October

HABITAT: Dry to moist prairie. Open savanna

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 3 to 4 feet high. Stout stem. Spear-like leaf blades that clasp stem. Dense cylindrical spikes, usually curving or nodding. Long curved awns give spike a bushy look.

TO PICK: Seed spike should have dry, straw-colored appearance. It will pull off easily, and sometimes breaks apart when fully ripened.

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