Elymus hystrix (Hystrix patula)
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: 3 feet
Type: Cool season, perennial.
Suggested Uses: Excellent for use in upland shaded zones of shoreline restoration projects. Has a very interesting inflorescence and seed head. It is a nice addition to a woodland garden! Grows well under evergreens.
Native Range: Native to the Upper Midwest, Appalachia and the Northeast.
Wildlife value: Provides nesting material, cover and food (seeds) for birds. Host plant for the Northern Pearly Eye butterfly (Enodia anthedon) and several species of moths.
More Info: Hystrix equates to “hedgehog” in Greek, and refers to its prickly seeds.
Other Names: Northern Sweet Grass, Eastern Bottlebrush Grass
More information: USDA plant profile