Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Habitat: Forests

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Flowers: Green/Brown

Attributes: Walnut tolerant, Drought tolerant, Clay soil tolerant

Height: 100-150 cm (39-59 in)


This native grass has an attractive bottle-brush (brush used to clean bottles) like inflorescence; the best ornamental feature of this grass, particularly when backlit. Hystrix in Greek means hedgehog in reference to the resemblance of the seed head bristles to the hedgehog quills.It is the food plant of the Northern Pearlyeye butterfly.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Grasses, Sedges and Rushes website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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