Basin Wildrye Is a Tough Native Bunchgrass With a Big Impact (5 photos)

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Basin wildrye (Leymus cinereus) stands out in the landscape with its tall and wide form, long leaves and upright seed stalks. This big bunchgrass — it grows as tall as 10 feet and as wide as 4 — thrives in difficult conditions, including clay, alkaline soils and summer droughts.