Common Names basin wildrye, giant wildrye, great basin wildrye
Flower Color Green, mixed
Plant Type Grass
Great basin wildrye is also known as Giant wildrye. It grows from 3 to 9 feet tall. Wildrye grows in clumps, and in the great basin it is usually found growing on deep soils. Great basin wildrye was used as a cereal staple crop by native Americans. Great basin wildrye can often be found near ancient archeological sites in Malheur County, Oregon.
Great basin wildrye has been reported to be a host to ergot fungus, than can be present when the grains turn black. Long-term consumption of ergot can cause human health problems.
great basin wild rye, giant wildrye