Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Elymus hystrix var. hystrix L.
Eastern bottlebrush grass, Bottle-brush grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
The light-green, upright flower clusters are this perennial
grass’ most interesting feature. They are 2-4 in. wide and 6-8 in. long; the bristle-tipped seeds giving the effect of a bottle brush. Bottle-brush grass grows to 3 ft. tall. Wide, wavy-margined leaves are held horizontally from the stalk.
Image Gallery: 3 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MO , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
S.w. ME to e. ND, s. to GA, TN, n. AR & e. KS Native Habitat:
Rich or rocky, open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry to mesic soils.
Conditions Comments: Bottlebrush grass is somewhat lax-stemmed and is better suited to informal areas. It is one of the few true grasses that prefer shade.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Conspicuous Flowers: yes