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Tried and True Native Plant Selections
for the Mid-Atlantic
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Elymus hystrix (Bottlebrush Grass)
This graceful grass naturally grows in dry woodlands and barrens mostly north of the Mason-Dixon Line.* It is the most shade-tolerant native grass, and its distinctive flowering and seed heads are a lovely ornamental feature, showing especially well when backlit.
*In the Mid-Atlantic Region, it is native to DC and MD, rare in DE, and scattered throughout PA. It is common in the mountains and Piedmont and infrequent to rare or absent in the Coastal Plain of VA.
Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants:
Tried and True Native Plant Fact Sheets