Ontario Grasses website

Bottle-brush Grass
Elymus hystrix

Other common names: Spreading Bottle-brush Grass

Other scientific names: Asprella hystrix, Gymnostichum hystrix, Hystrix hystrix, Hystrix patula

French names: Hystrix étalé

Family: Grass Family (Poaceae)

Group: Grasses

Flowers: Green/Brown

Height: 100-150 cm (39-59 in)

Habitat: Forests

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Photographs: 39 photographs available, of which 5 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Bottle-brush Grass is an easily recognized grass. Here is a nice clump of it at the edge of a woods.

Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

It is named for the bristly-like flower spikes that stick out at right angles to the main stem.

Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Here is a closeup view of some flower spikes.

Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

Closeup pic of a flower.

Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

A view of the overall plants.

Range map for Bottle-brush Grass (Elymus hystrix)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)