|I really do like this grass. It has an interesting loose structure which fits nicely into a jam packed garden like mine.|
You wouldn't dare cut them down when the bristly seedheads look like this when backlit against the purple chairs.
|Each of these will germinate!|
|shade and drought tolerant|
|It's a see through plant|
The Bottle brush seedhead is so good looking I often wait too long and the seeds gets dispersed by a late summer thunderstorm. They blow all over the place and germinate where ever they fall. When they show up in every container and in the middle of all the shrubs you might think it's a thug.
Did I tell you we had a late summer thunderstorm the other day?
Oh you beautiful thug, I can't wait to see where you show up next spring!
PS Elymus hystrix is its name!
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.
We had some of this at our native plant sale. Then I saw it in the garden of a friend of mine. It is pretty when it blooms.ReplyDelete
I started some from seed this year. Looking forward to those seed heads!ReplyDelete
Beautiful thug--that's a good way to put it. It looks lovely in your photos and in nature. :)ReplyDelete
Hmm. I always thought of that plant as Bottlebrush Grass - I think it used to be in a different genus. I have some of the Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginiana), the seed heads are very dense. It's also a bit of a thug, so I always cut off the seeds before they fully ripen. I tried growing E. hystrix and it wasn't a thug at all for me, it sort of faded away in a few years.ReplyDelete
It's really not a thug it just manages to show up where I don't want it sometimes.Delete