RATTLESNAKE GRASS, QUAKING GRASS

FAMILY: Poaceae | GENUS: BRIZA maxima

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Ornamental Grasses
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Drought Tolerant
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to Mediterranean region. Delicate, graceful ornamental grass; attractive in fresh or dried arrangements. Grows 12 feet high. Leaves are 14 inches wide, to 6 inches long. Clusters of nodding, inches-long, seed-bearing spikelets (like rattlesnake rattles) can reach 4 inches long. These papery, straw-colored clusters dangle on threadlike stems. Scatter seed where plants are to grow; thin seedlings to 1 feet apart. B. media is similar but perennial; grows 3 feet tall.

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