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Elymus hystrix [= Hystrix patula]

Bottlebrush Grass, Eastern Bottle-brush Grass

Scientific Name:

Elymus hystrix [= Hystrix patula]

Genus:

Elymus

Species Epithet:

hystrix

Common Name:

Bottlebrush Grass, Eastern Bottle-brush Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Var. hystrix: moist forests, dry forests especially over more fertile soils; common in NC mountains and piedmnot.
Var. bigelovianus: high elevation forests; rare in NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Clump forming. Seedheads are decorative--best in an informal woodland garden.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/elymus-hystrix/

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/elymus/hystrix/



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