Elymus cinereus 'Magnar' - Great
Basin Wild Rye
"Magnar" is a cultivar of this British Columbia
native. We expect it will eventually be grown around the
world by virtue of its outstanding ornamental qualities.
Because the blossoms are held high above the coarse foliage
they will catch the slightest breeze. Best appreciated when
planted in lawn areas, where it will provide a focal point
for many years.
I see Elymus cinereus growing in single clumps along the
Kettle River in southern British Columbia (see photos on
the left). It is quite noticeable even at highway speeds.
Our area (Zone 5) is very hot and dry (less than 17"
precipitation annually) but it is thriving.
When provided with ideal conditions, Great basin wild rye will be transformed
from a rather common native to a showpiece specimen.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - wide and green to blue-green in colour; 80-100
cm (32-40") tall
Flowers - June-July; 120-150 cm (48-60") in height
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; moist fertile
soil; grows well in open meadows; tolerates a wide range of conditions
Coldest zone: 3 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Season of interest: June onwards
Recommended spacing between plants: 60-100cm
(24-40") why such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 1 (water to root depth once
every month) further info
Pronunciation: Elymus (eh-LYE-mus) cinereus (sin-er-EE-us)
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