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Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince' is a highly adaptable native grass cultivar with distinctive blue-green foliage growing 2-3 ft. tall and spreading 6-8 ft. and more. Attractive flower inflorescences develop in spring and grow far above the foliage and last into summer.

Canyon Prince wild rye is commonly used as a foliage accent plant due to its rich foliage color. It is often planted around boulders and dry stream beds where it forms dense mounding shapes. It does not respond well to shearing and maintains good character for many years. Over time it can spread into other parts of the garden and will need to be removed. This is a tough and durable grass that needs space to grow.

Water Needs

Canyon prince wild rye is highly adapted to sunny garden locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; more water in the spring will result in a longer flowering season.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Grass, Native
Foliage Character: Semi-deciduous, Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Spreading, Clumping, Arching
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 5 ft.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Tan
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Frost, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Restoration, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces


Cool season grower. Best planted Fall through early Spring (S). Cut back hard, almost to the ground, as needed, usually every couple of years in the Fall to push new cool-season growth (2). Individual old dead leaves or flower stalks can be removed as needed throughout the year (D).



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