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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Plant Details

Plant type

Grass

Soil type

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

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Summer

Urban environment

Yards that Flood

Habitat

Savannas, Woodlands

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

White

Fall color

Yellow Orange

Size

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

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