Briza media

Briza media

Quaking grass

  • Botanical name: Briza media
  • Common name: Quaking grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
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Quaking grass, Briza media, is one of the prettiest wild grasses to grow in an ornamental border. From tufts of smooth, flat grey-green leaves it bears branched heads of ‘quaking’ green-yellow flowers, often tinged purple. A short-lived perennial, it can take a while to become established. It makes the perfect foil for colourful flowers, both in the border and the vase.


Best grown in groups for maximum impact, grow Briza media in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Semi-evergreen, cut back hard in spring if foliage is looking tatty, or simply comb out yellowing leaves.

How to grow Briza media

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

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Collect seeds
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Briza media and wildlife

Briza media has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Briza media poisonous?

Briza media has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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