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Common Name: Blue Wild Rye
Elymus glauca is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
N. America - Ontario and Michigan to British Columbia, south to Colorado and California.
Moist or dry open thickets and shores[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread. Very fiddly to use, the seed is small and difficult to extract[
The leaves are used for making mats, rope, paper etc.
Often planted near the coast to stabilize sand dunes.
Seed - sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
If the supply of seed is limited, it can also be sown in mid spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in summer[
Division in spring or summer[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.