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Leymus triticoides

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Species Name: Leymus triticoides
Common Name: Creeping Wildrye

Spreading perennial grass. Excellent for soil stablization. Can handle some foot traffic as a lawn substitue. Not recommended for small gardens as it can be invasive.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 6'+ W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Seedhead
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Throughout California except the deserts
Natural Habitat: Moist often saline meadows

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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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