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Briza media

Quaking Grass

Plant Type: Grass - Ornamental

Briza media grows in a clumping shape and sends up tall spikes holding loose clusters of seed heads that quake, rattle and tremble in the breeze, creating a resonating, melodic sound. Starting off with greens and purples, these seed heads turn buff color and are prized for use in flower arrangements. Quaking Grass looks stunning interspersed among rocks and planted in masses. Quaking Grass is a plant whose list of good features seems to never stop. It thrives in poor, dry, moist, poorly drained, clay-like or acidic soil; it can take blazing sun and tolerates light shade. It is a cool season perennial grass, semi-evergreen in cool climates. It is best to cut back Briza media in late summer.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Quaking Grass Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest
Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Moderate
Special Benefits
Dried Flower