Sun: Partial, shade

Moisture: Medium to medium-dry

Height: 4'

Genotype: Superior Township, Washtenaw County.

Indigenous interactions: Though no Great Lakes peoples' uses are recorded, the Iroquois made a decoction from the plant to soak corn seeds before planting. (Moerman, 1998).


This tall native grass with big, airy seedheads thrives in part shade and offers a stately architectural feature when combined with flowers. Common in the wild and easy to grow from seed. Found in Dry-Mesic Southern Forest communities and similar communities.

Grass: Elymus hystrix (Bottlebrush Grass)