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Briza media

Quaking grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads



Skill level


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Plant details

Although it's a native grass, this easily-grown perennial is worthy of a place in any border when its large quaking seed heads erupt over the foliage in summer. When first open, the seed heads are green but they gradually take on golden shades as summer progresses and become almost animated when touched by a gentle summer breeze.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Briza

Species: media

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: August to September

Reader reviews


This is one of my favourite grasses, its slow changes are fasinating.

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