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James H. Schutte
Perennial Quaking Grass
Common quaking grass is a perennial, tufted grass grown mostly for its interesting seed pods. It is native to Eurasia and naturalized in the cooler regions of North America. The leaves are linear, narrow, flat, upright and green to blue-green in color. Common quaking grass spreads slowly by rhizome (underground stem). Flowers are small and green held in lacy branched heads on stiff, leafless stalks well above the foliage, doubling the size of the plant. They appear later spring into summer. The fruit provides the show, after the flowers fade, heart-shaped, papery, stacked seed pods appear suspended from thread thin attachments; when the slightest breeze blows, the seed pods dance or quake. The color of the young seed pods is purple to green maturing to straw colored.
Common quaking grass is not picky about soil as long as it is well-drained. It prefers full sun, though will tolerate a bit of shade. Cut the seed heads for drying and to encourage additional foliage growth. Common quaking grass is not fond of very hot weather; however it generally holds its color and growth returns when the weather cools. Common quaking grass looks best when used in masses.
12 - 1
4 - 11
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Gold, Sandy Brown
Dried Flower / Everlasting, Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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