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Ornamental Grass

Greater Quaking Grass
Briza maxima

Greater Quaking Grass <em>Briza maxima</em>
Greater Quaking Grass Briza maxima
Easy to grow annual grass producing light green foliage and very distinctive seed heads. Flowers produce on large panicles and are flat, triangular and resemble rattlesnake tails. They dry to a golden yellow color and are excellent for dry ornamental use. This is an annual ornamental grass in cold climates. 
Prefers full sun to partial shade in a very well-drained soil. Easily grown from seed started indoors or directly sown in the garden. 
Mature Height
2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 11 
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Can reseed and become weedy.


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