Elymus hystrix / Bottlebrush Grass


A woodland grass with distinctive and ornamental seedheads that are its namesake. Instantly recognizable, it grows in drifts along upland streambanks and edges. It looks great planted in masses, “bottlebrushes” catching afternoon light and slender stems providing contrast with nearby wildflowers.

Host plant for the Northern Pearly-Eye. Deer resistant.

Height: 3′    Blooms: June

Siting: Average to moist soil, part sun or shade

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Elymus hystrix Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Northern Pearly Eye

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart