Blue Wildrye

Elymus glaucus
  • Description: Perennial, upright tufted grass with tall stems and terminal spikes. Stems are often covered with a waxy coating or “bloom” that gives them an attractive blue-green appearance.
  • Habitat: Dry slopes, meadows, rock outcrops, forest edges, and open forests.
  • Pair with: Roemer’s fescue, California oatgrass, Douglas-fir, Garry Oak, snowberry.
  • Fun Fact: Blue wildrye is a highly adaptable native grass that tolerates disturbance and drought. It provides important cover, forage, and habitat for native birds, mammals, butterflies, and insects.

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