Elymus hystrix

Common name: Bottlebrush Grass

Native plant

Bottlebrush Grass gets its name from the spiky seed heads that look just like the brush used to clean baby bottles, for those of you that have or have cared for children that is. I have found this most commonly in mesic woods and slope communities, however it is not uncommon on the floodplain. It can be aggressive on open ground but does not seem to push other plants out of the way, a coexistence type of player in the woods. The seed heads are show stoppers in late summer and will persist until early fall and beyond if they are not disturbed.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun, Shade

Bloom period




General information

Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches
Growth rate
Flower color

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