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USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Elymus hystrix

Bottlebrush grass

A woodland species with bottle brush-like flowers, Elymus hystrix forms loose upright tufts. Grows well in wet to moist soils in shade but will tolerate dry shade. Will self-seed in the right growing conditions. 


3-5 ft


1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:


Bloom Color:

Green, Tan

Elymus hystrix Characteristics


  • Full Shade to Partial Shade

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist


  • Naturalizing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • August

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: