Botanical Name: Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'
Common Name: Canyon Prince Island Wild Rye  
Plant photo of: Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Ranch, Water Garden, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, Roadside, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: West/Sortomme
  • Description

  • Notes

Beautiful blue-gray foliage spreads to 3'-4' or more. It will reach a height of 2'-3'. Flowers rarely. It does spread by rhizomes although not as vigorously as some closely related species. It is extremely drought tolerant and care must be taken not to over water this species as it can rot from the center. Otherwise, it is carefree and requires virtually no maintenance.
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