Giant Rye Grass is a native grass that can fill many roles in the landscape. From providing excellent surface erosion control and soil stabilization on steep, sandy slopes to providing sophistication to ornamental grass plantings. It also provides shelter for birds and small wildlife, it's seeds give winter food for quail and other upland game birds. Hollow stems provide nest cavities for some solitary bees.
Green leaves emerge in early spring and transition to blue-green in fall. The wheat colored flower stalks appear in July and persist into winter. Cut back in late winter to early spring, but not too hard, leave at least a 12" stalk.