Eastern Bottle-brush Grass
Elymus hystrix

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Elymus (EL-ih-mus) (Info)
Species: hystrix (HIS-triks) (Info)
Synonym:Elymus hystrix var. hystrix
Synonym:Hystrix patula

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wichita, Kansas

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Newfield, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 7, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Semi evergreen during the winter - clump former that send up flowerheads that look like wheats - thrive in woodland shade. I have one plant and have seen it in the wild - in woodlands usually disturbed soils.