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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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

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