Briza maxima

Large Quaking Grass, Big Quaking Grass, Great Quaking Grass

Glossy seedheads like rattlesnake rattles dangle from the threadlike stems of this ornamental grass. A delight for eye and ear, they glow when backlit and rustle in the breeze. Sprays are lovely accent for fresh and dried arrangements. New seedheads start off in shades of green, red or purple, turning golden as they dry. Growing naturally in field and pasture, they like full sun and poor soil. Need no water once established. Pick stems for drying when fully developed, but do it just before the flowers open, or the dried seedheads will fall apart.
Briza maxima, Large Quaking Grass, Big Quaking Grass, Great Quaking Grass
As the name implies, it is the tallest of its group. Seedheads are tinged red-brown, purple, or light gray, becoming pale yellow or metallic as they dry.

Attributes - Briza maxima

Plant Type: Grass

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Late Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.

Width: 8 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Cut Flowers, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.

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