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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Elymus hystrix var. hystrix
Elymus hystrix L. var. hystrix
Eastern bottlebrush grass, Bottle-brush grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Hystrix hystrix, Hystrix patula
USDA Symbol: elhyh
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
, WV 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
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Springwater, NY
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
North American Native Plant Society
- Etobicoke, ON
Record Last Modified: 2009-06-14
Research By: TWC Staff