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This native perennial grass is about 2½–4' tall with unbranched culms. These culms are terete, light green, glabrous, and erect. Several alternate leaves occur along the entire length of each culm. The blades of these leaves are up to 2/3" across and 12" long; they are medium to dark green, hairless on both sides, and rather floppy. The leaf sheaths are medium green, open, and usually hairless; less often, they are sparsely short-pubescent. The ligule of each leaf is papery. Each culm terminates in an erect floral spike about 2-6" long; this inflorescence is densely covered with ascending spikelets that are sessile, or nearly so. Often, the floral spike is partially enclosed or barely exerted from the sheath of the uppermost leaf. Each spikelet has a pair of glumes, a cluster of 2-4 lemmas, and their florets; The glumes and lemmas are narrowly linear-lanceolate, about 1/3–1/2" long (excluding the awns), and 1.0–2.5 mm. across at the base; their straight awns are ½–1¼" long. In var. submuticus, these awns are absent. The convex exterior of each glume or lemma has 4-5 longitudinal veins. The anthers of the florets are white or cream-colored. The blooming period occurs during the summer; the florets of the spikelets are wind-pollinated. Each fertile lemma produces a single long grain. The root system is fibrous. This grass forms small tufts of leafy culms through vegetative offsets; in time, it can form a coarse sod

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna, Woodland
Soil Moisture Wet, Wet Mesic, Mesic
Bloom Time


Bloom Color  
Max Height 4 feet
Wetland Code FACW-
Germ Code  A
Seeds Per Ounce   4,200


"This grass prefers full sun to light shade, moist conditions, and a fertile loamy soil (although other kinds of soil are readily tolerated). Plants that grow in sunlight tend to be more robust and a lighter shade of green than those that grow in shade.

Read more: Riverbank Wildrye Plant Guide | Riparius Plant Information | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/taxonomy/riverbank-wildrye-elymus-riparius/#ixzz1185CGX9M

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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