Scientific Name: Secale cereale
Life Cycle: Cool Season Annual
Growth Habit: Upright
Preferred Soil pH: 5.0-7.0 Min.
Germination Temp.: 34F
Upright cool-season annual that grows 3-6 feet tall. Requires vernalization to head and produce seed. Makes a thick ground cover if planted in the spring. Do not confuse with annual ryegrass.
For more region specific information, each cover crop species can be found in the cover crop decision tool by name.
Cereal rye: Managing Cover Crops Profitably (SARE Handbook Series Book 9) by Andy Clark (2007, 3rd ed.)