Virginia Wildrye

Variety Omaha, Native
Plant Height 3-4 FT
Seed Count 70,000 Seeds Per LB.
Botanical Name Elymus virgincus
Life Cycle Short-Lived Perennial
Environment Full Sun to Shade
Preferred Sites Wet to Mesic Soils
Grazing Value Very Good


Virginia Wildrye


Virginia Wildrye is a native, cool-season, perennial bunchgrass native to much of the eastern two thirds of the United States. Commonly found in moist in mesic to wet soils, it is an important specie in wetlands and riparian ecosystems.


  • Mature height of 2-3 feet
  • Reproduces by tillering and seed
  • Prefers moist soils, high soil fertility, heavier soil textures
  • Adapts to full sun to full shade
  • Often found scattered on shaded banks, along fencerows and in open woodlands
  • Excellent seeding vigor and fast establishment
  • Very good palatability
  • Readily eaten by all classes of livestock and wildlife
  • Can be used in range restoration as a cool-season grass, and in native range seed mixes
  • Can be used as a cool-season pasture grass in shaded, wooded, or riparian areas
  • Excellent forage producer with up to 3,000 pounds of dry matter per acre
  • Once established, graze on a rotational basis throughout the cool season
  • Can be grown dry land or with irrigation


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