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Grazing Rye

Lolium perenne

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Also known as

Perennial Ryegrass, English Ryegrass, Winter Ryegrass, Ray Grass

Lolium perenne Engels raaigras doorschietend by Rasbak (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

    More images of Grazing Rye

    Lolium perenne L. (Perennial Ryegrass) - cultivated 2
    Engels raaigras (Lolium perenne)
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    Grazing Rye Overview

    Lolium perenne is a herbaceous grass that is grown for silage or as a cover crop. It is included in many pasture seed mixes and is also grown as ornamental grass and in sports courts for its wear resistance and regrowth abilities. Native to Asia, Europe and Northern Africa, it has been cultivated and naturalised around the world to help stabilise soils and prevent erosion. However, in fertile soils it can out compete rarer grasses and has spread to waste areas alongside. It can sometimes be mistaken for Lolium multiflorum (Italian Ryegrass) and Elymus repens (Couch grass)

    How to propagate Grazing Rye


    Special features of Grazing Rye

    Crop rotation

    Ground cover