Elymus arenarius

Elymus is a large genus of 150 or more species of grasses that grow in tufts and spread by rhizomes. Leaves are flat or rolled and flowers are borne in skinny, bristly spikes that are sometimes showy and make good cut flowers. Use in a rock garden, natural garden, or border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSome species attract birds. E. repens in invasive.

CareGrow in full sun. Tolerant of any soil that is moist, well-drained, and moderately fertile.

PropagationSow seeds in the garden in spring or fall, or divide plants from mid-spring to early summer.

ProblemsDamping off, ergot, cat-tail, powdery mildew, tar spot, rust, smut, brown patch, and other fungal diseases.

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