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Elymus hystrix L.
Eastern bottlebrush grass, Bottlebrush Grass
USDA Symbol: elhy
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Greenish-brown, bristly spikelets in several to many clusters along a terminal spike atop an erect smooth stem.
Together, the groups of spikelets resemble a bottlebrush, hence the common name. The species name, from the Greek hystrix (hedgehog), aptly describes the bristly spikelets. This grass is sometimes known as Hystrix patula.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB
, QC Native Distribution:
Manitoba east to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia, west to Oklahoma, and north to North Dakota. Native Habitat:
Woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Loam
BenefitUse Ornamental: A grass that does well in a woodland garden with other species that grow in filtered light
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Northern Pearly Eye, (Enodia anthedon)
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff