Hystrix patula

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant

grasses in bloom

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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: summer 2017grasses in bloom
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
By Joy
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19plant in bloom
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Location: Glen Ellyn, IllinoisDate: 2016-07-20grasses planted in naturalistic landscape
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 8, 2018 12:46 PM

This lovely woodland grass native to eastern North America has exquisite seedheads actually resembling a bottlebrush. It is a cool season grass that begins growth in April. It is perfect for planting under oaks or other deciduous trees that allow some light through to the ground, or it is good for forest edges that receive no more than a half day of direct sun, or good for partial shade in gardens. It grows well in any well-drained soil. The flower-seed stalks are good for flower arranging. It is offered by most native plant nurseries and some mail order nurseries, but not by many conventional nurseries unless very large and diverse. So far, it is not commonly planted or known.

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