Elymus riparius Riverbank Wild Rye
A tall cool season bunch grass sometimes used for erosion control. Most commonly found in moist soils, and on stream banks and shore edges.
A tall grass growing 3-5'. Hollow, slightly tapered stems grow in tufts. Long, linear leaves grow sparse and opposite on the stem. A spiky green inflorescence 3-8'' long "blooms" during summer.
Tolerant, Full Sun to Full Shade
Common in the Northeast from Maine to Pennsylvania, then along the Appalachians until Tennessee. Sparse populations west from the Appalachian Mountains to the edge of the Great Plains.
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