Smaller and more refined in appearance than its more extroverted relative in the genus, Giant Wildrye (Elymus condensatus), Blue Wildrye (Elymus Glaucus) is an exquisite native perennial bunchgrass deserving of far more attention than it usually gets from LA’s native plant gardeners.
For one thing, although both species are rhizomatous and can form stolons (root-sprouting stems), Blue Wildrye is compact and a far less aggressive spreader. This local yet ubiquitous species is also every bit as versatile, appearing just about everywhere in California: in meadows, open, sunny slopes and partly shaded, woodland exposures.
Like most native grasses, Blue Wildrye arises from a dense network of roots, making it an excellent choice for erosion control. Summer semi-deciduous, Blue Wildrye requires little to no supplemental irrigation once established and can be cut back to the ground while dormant if desired. and pairs well with other native grasses, annuals and geophytes.