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Elymus elymoides ssp. elymoides

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Species Name: Elymus elymoides ssp. elymoides
Common Name: Squirreltail

A lovely bunch grass for dry sunny spots. Seeds heads are highly ornamental. Good spring forage for livestock.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 18in. H x 18in. W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 9,500'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Golden
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, Cascade Ranges, Sierra Nevada, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, Great Basin, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Dry, open areas

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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