Canada wildrye is a versatile ornamental grass that has attractive bluish green foliage and gently nodding, wheat-like flower and seedheads in autumn and winter. A clump forming perennial, it is native to a vast area of temperate North America. In spring, erect stems start to bear the long, often weeping bluish gray-green or medium green leaves. By late summer and into fall, stem tips form dense green flowerspikes that look like those of wheat. The begin to turn beige as fall progresses, which is the eventual color of the entire plant throughout winter. Birds will forage for the seeds in fall and winter, and also using the clumps as cover.
Successfully grow Canada ryegrass in any moderately fertile, well-drained garden soil in full to partial sun. This particular species is tolerant of wet soil and is fairly tolerant of drought, too. It is great seen scattered about a meadow, or it can be grown as a backdrop to asters and mums in a border, but be prepared to remove seedlings that pop up from the seeds. Cut it back anytime from early winter to early spring, depending on attractiveness, before the fresh new foliage grows again in spring. It is a lovely accent fill in both fresh and dried floral arrangements. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Elymus
Species - Canadensis
Common name - Canada Wildrye
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 4'-6' / 1.20 - 1.80 m
Spread - 2'-3' / 0.60 - 0.90 m
Plant type - Ornamental Grass
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border
Bloom season - Late Summer, Early Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Blue Green, Gray Green / Light Green
|Surface sow and keep moist in warm and bright place.
Cover with clear plastic and remove it after the germination starts.