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Canadian Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Canadian Wild Rye
Elymus canadensis

The plant has an extensive root system and can be used for binding sand dunes[61].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[105, 161, 177]. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread. Quite fiddly to use, the seed is small and difficult to separate[K]. The seed was an important item of food for the Paiute Indians of south-western N. America[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[162]. 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[K] Division in spring or summer[162]. 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.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[1, 162]. Plants can flower too late to ripen their seed in Britain, especially in the western half of the country[K]. A polymorphic species[1].
N. America – in most areas except the far south. Recorded, but not yet naturalized in N. Europe[50]

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