Elymus hystrix var. hystrix
Eastern bottlebrush grass, Bottle-brush grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
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
, DC Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
to e. ND,
s. to GA, TN,
& e. KS Native Habitat:
Rich or rocky, open woods
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