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Briza media (Quaking grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.8m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Briza media

Other names

Quaking grass, Cow quake, Didder, Dodder grass, Doddering dillies, Doddle grass, Earthquakes, Jiggle-joggles, Jockey grass, Lady's hair, Maidenhair grass, Pearl grass, Quake grass, Quakers and shakers, Shaking grass, Totter, Wagwants, Briza media f. microstachya

Genus

Briza Briza

Species

B. media - B. media is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial grass with flat, linear, blue-green leaves and, from late spring into summer, erect stems bearing open panicles of nodding, heart-shaped, purple-flushed, green flower spikelets turning straw-coloured when ripe.


Briza media is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Flower

Green, Flushed purple in Spring; Cream, Green, Flushed purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Resistant to damage by deer.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after seed heads fall apart. Useful for dried flower arrangements. Cut stems for drying in sunny weather when spikelets are fully developed, but before seeds develop.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Briza media (Quaking grass) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.8m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows in most well-drained, fertile soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of conditions. Drought tolerant once established but does not like hot summers.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Briza media

Other names

Quaking grass, Cow quake, Didder, Dodder grass, Doddering dillies, Doddle grass, Earthquakes, Jiggle-joggles, Jockey grass, Lady's hair, Maidenhair grass, Pearl grass, Quake grass, Quakers and shakers, Shaking grass, Totter, Wagwants, Briza media f. microstachya

Genus

Briza Briza

Species

B. media - B. media is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial grass with flat, linear, blue-green leaves and, from late spring into summer, erect stems bearing open panicles of nodding, heart-shaped, purple-flushed, green flower spikelets turning straw-coloured when ripe.

Native to

Europe, Great Britain, Southern China, Western Asia

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect


Colour

Flower

Green, Flushed purple in Spring; Cream, Green, Flushed purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Resistant to damage by deer.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after seed heads fall apart. Useful for dried flower arrangements. Cut stems for drying in sunny weather when spikelets are fully developed, but before seeds develop.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Briza media (Quaking grass) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.8m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows in most well-drained, fertile soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of conditions. Drought tolerant once established but does not like hot summers.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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