top of page

How To Order: Quantity options listed represent bulk weights. Examples: 1 = 1 lbs, 25 = 25 bs.


Common Name: Canada Wildrye

Scientific Name: Elymus canadensis

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:


~Erosion control

~Wildlife habitat restoration

Height: 3 - 4 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Most, prefers medium textured


~Some drought


Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 12 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 10-12 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 106,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grass



Canada Wildrye is a cool-season perennial bunchgrass with tillers. A tiller is a shoot that arises from the base of a grass plant, just above the rhizomes. This grass’s seedhead has a bristly, spiky appearance. It is native to most of North America, excluding the deep south. Typically, it is found growing on shaded stream banks, along fence rows, and in open woodlands. While it is adapted to all soil textures, it thrives particularly well on medium textures and can also grow in sandy soils with sufficient moisture. Although it exhibits good salt-tolerance, its drought-tolerance is low.


Recognized for its nutritional value for wildlife and livestock, Canada Wildrye is utilized in wildlife habitat restoration. It’s vigorous seedlings establish quickly, making it an excellent choice for erosion control seedings.



NRCS Profile:

NRCS Plant Guide:

NRCS Fact Sheet:


 Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

Canada Wildrye


    Related Products