Agropyron repens

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Quack Grass

Agropyron repens, Elymus repens
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – High/Medium
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – no


Agropyron repens (L.) P. Beauv.

Agropyron repens (L.) P. Beauv. var. subulatum (Schreb.) Roem. & Schult.

Elymus repens (L.) Gould

Elytrigia repens (L.) Desv. ex Nevski

Elytrigia repens (L.) Desv. ex Nevski var. vaillantiana (Wulfen & Schreb.) Prokudin

Elytrigia vaillantiana (Wulfen & Schreb.) Beetle

Triticum repens L.

Triticum vaillantianum Wulfen & Schreb.


Invasive in moist grassland and riparian areas.

Edible: clean, dried rhizomes can be used as an herbal tea. Roasted and ground they can be used as flour for baking. Fresh rhizome tips are tender enough to eat raw early in the growing season.

[1] Link to USDA Plants Profile, Elymus repens (L.) Gould quackgrass

[2] Link to USDA Plants Characteristics for Elymus repens (L.) Gould quackgrass

[3] Link to NatureServe I-Rank information for Elymus repens - (L.) Gould Creeping Wild Rye

Agrorepe 1.jpg
photo from XID Services
Elymrepe XID Quack Grass.jpg
Elymrepe XID Elymus repens sen.jpg
from Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest


Szczawinski & Turner, Edible Garden Weeds of Canada, ISBN 0-88902-752-8