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Dunn's Woods Restoration and Education Project
Photo of Bottlebrush Grass

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Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Native perennial grass of woodlands, meadows, and savannas

Partial sun to slight shade and moist to somewhat dry conditions (plant anywhere)

Change from green to brown with maturity, June - August

Grows 2.5 - 5 ft.

Faunal Associations:

    • Caterpillars of the Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly feed on this grass
    • Leaf-miner and False Wainscot moths feed on this grass

Fun Fact: The foliage is generally edible, but the spike-like awns can injure livestock

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