Canada wildrye is a short-lived cool season native perennial bunchgrass that grows to 4 feet. Seedlings are vigorous and establish quickly, but are not highly competitive with other grasses. It is moderately drought tolerant and winter hardy. It has good tolerance to salinity and tolerates shade very well. There are approximately 115,000 seeds per pound. Canada wildrye's 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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- 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: Rio Grande Plains, Gulf Coast Praries and Marshes, Rolling Plains, Edwards Plateau, Pineywoods