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This common cereal grain is used in distilling, as animal fodder, for cooking, and is also used as a cover crop.

Latin Name

Secale cereale



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Crops Crops

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Edible
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range



    George Washington was producing rye at most of his farms.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Pioneer Farm
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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