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Elymus elymoides elymoides

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Elymus elymoides elymoides

Bottlebrush Squirreltail, Squirreltail

Community: Semi-Desert

Brief Description

Mid-height grass at home in drought and heat.

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  • Easy to Establish
  • Decorative Bunchgrass
  • Competes with Cheatgrass
  • Summer Dormant Grass

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Plant Description and Details

Long-awned seeds that point out from the seedhead are the reason for the name "Bottlebrush." The heads make a glorious full-bodied display for two weeks in June. Seed heads break apart and blow when ripe. Seeds will stick in socks.This cool season grass shows its green in spring and fall, browning in summer to conserve water.

Common Names Bottlebrush Squirreltail, Squirreltail
Community Semi-Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Foothills, brushy or wooded forest, throughout the western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Naturalized areas, cutbanks, revegetation, as an ornamental away from foot traffic.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 20 in.
Group Spacing 18-30 in.
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips To reduce seedheads, mow down to 6" about 2 times per summer.
Wildlife Mammals
Wildlife Notes Useful for spring grazing, but seed awns can become nuisances to livestock in later summer.
Plants Symbol ELELE
Family Name Poaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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