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Elymus hystrix

Bottlebrush Grass

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Elymus hystrix (Bottlebrush Grass)

This showy native grass occurs in a variety of sites from mesic to dry upland forests, glade margins and upland prairies to streambanks. It does well on disturbed sites.

This grass is easy to identify because of its big inflorescence which has the spikelets at 90 degrees to the stem resembling a bottlebrush. It is an excellent and easy-care addition to the home garden.

Additional Information:

- Inches


- Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Mist Flower (Eupatorium coelestinum), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Dried Flower
Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map