I have rarely, seen this prairie grass growing naturally in open prairie in Manitoba, despite its common use in prairie restorations. Instead, it usually occurs as loosely scattered, individual stems in open woodlands. Canada wild rye is tall – reaching up to 5 feet – with long (up to 10”), curving seed heads that have long, spreading awns. The entire plant may have a bluish tinge to it. Canada wild rye can grow in a wide range of habitats. It is short-lived (a few years), but will reseed itself.
Life Cycle: perennial, cool season
Sun Exposure: full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: June
Height: 3 – 5 ft
Soil: dry to medium