Bottlebrush Rye


Elymus hystrix

  • Full Shade to Full SunFull Shade to Full Sun
  • Dry to Medium
  • Sand Loam, Loam, Clay Loam

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Plant in 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch plastic pot

One of the most shade tolerant native grasses! Bottlebrush Rye can tolerate dry shade or full sun with adequate moisture, but it will do best in part shade with moist, well drained soil. Long green inflorescences emerge on three feet tall stems in summer resembling bottle brushes.

A cool season perennial that will start growing in spring. Works well in a woodland garden or partly shaded rain garden. Also, a great low maintenance accent or border plant.

The species' latin name comes from the Greek hystrix meaning hedgehog, which describes the bottlebrush inflorescence quite well.

Image Credit: Missouri Wildflowers Nursery 

Growing Habits

Mature Height: 3 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

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