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Big Squirreltail
Elymus multisetus
About Big Squirreltail (Elymus multisetus) 8 Nurseries Carry This Plant Elymus multisetus is a species of wild rye known by the common name big squirreltail. It is native to the western United States where it grows in many types of habitat. It is a perennial grass reaching 60 centimeters in maximum height. The flower cluster is an array of spikelets each with several long, hairlike awns which may be up to 20 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 10 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Very Low


Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

For propagating by seed: No treatment.  For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1*, 2*, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, sandy rocky places

Annual Precipitation: 5.0" - 137.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 4.39", Coldest Month: 20.8" - 56.5", Hottest Month: 38.9" - 80.3", Humidity: 0.08" - 31.25", Elevation: -7" - 12570"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Big Squirreltail Grass

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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