Elymus histrix, also known as Bottlebrush Grass or Hystrix patula, is a perennial grass native to Michigan and the UP.
Looking for a clumping grass for shade? Look no further. This attractive rich green grass has showy seed heads and graceful foliage. It is best in rich, medium to moist deciduous forest loam and riverbanks, but it also tolerates medium-dry, sandy loam mixed forest areas and even clay. It does well in regular garden soil.
Bottlebrush Grass reaches approximately 3 feet tall, depending on conditions, and thrives and blooms in cool weather. It is deer-resistant, but serves as one of the host plants for the Northern Pearly Eye butterfly, Enodia anthedon.