Virginia Wildrye

Virginia Wildrye is a native, cool season, perennial bunchgrass which grows two to three feet in height. Virginia Wildrye can be found throughout the United States except for Nevada, California, and Oregon. Its ability to produce cool season forage, shade tolerance, and value as cover and feed for deer and birds makes it a multi-use range grass.

Good cool season forage for livestock and deer. Provides nesting cover for fawns.

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Description

Virginia Wildrye is a native, cool season perennial bunchgrass which grows 3-5’ at maturity.  Virginia Wildrye can be found throughout the United States except for Nevada, California, and Oregon. Its ability to produce cool season forage, shade tolerance, and value as cover and feed for deer, livestock, and birds makes a good addition to range and reclamation seed mixes in many areas.

Virginia Wildrye is most commonly found in the Eastern and Coastal regions of Texas, but it does grow in bottomland and riparian areas throughout the state. It is one of the few cool season native grass options for use in the state.

Planting: Plant in early fall at a minimum rate of 8-10 pounds pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep on clay soils and up to 1 inch deep on coarse textured soils

Soil: Grows along fence rows, wooded borders, and in moist sandy and sandy loam soils in floodplains

Height: 2.5-5 feet

Type: Cool Season Perennial

Region: Texas-wide

For more information: Virginia Wildrye Plant Guide from USDA NRCS

Additional information

Season

Cool Season

Plant Type

Grass

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys