Botanical Name: Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'
Common Name: Canyon Prince Island Wild Rye  
Plant photo of: Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince'
Previous Photo     Next Photo

Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green, Grey


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, 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



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

One of the best known and utilized native grass selections in Southern CA. Beautiful blue-grey foliage that 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. Can be 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.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas