A Field Guide to the Prairie

Canada Wild Rye
Photo: Joe Riederer
Canada Wild Rye
Elymus canadensis
Grass Family (Poaceae)
Habitat/Range: Common throughout most of the tallgrass region in moist to moderately dry prairies, thickets, fields, and along stream banks. Comments: Native Americans are reported to have used these seeds as food.

Stout grasses growing in bunches up to 3-5 feet tall. The leaves are flat or curled inward at their tip. The flowers occur above the leaves in a long, nodding cluster, 4-10 inches long at the top of the stem.


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