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    National Park South Dakota

Grasses - Canada Wild Rye

Canada Wild Rye - Elymus canadensis
Canada Wild Rye - Elymus canadensis
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
Canada Wild Rye is good forage prior to flowering. The Lakota name for Canada Wild Rye means "makes mouth of buffalo cow gray."

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.