Bottlebrush Grass is naturally found throughout Wisconsin in dry to moist open woods in sandy, loamy soil. It can endure drought, heavy clay soils, black walnut toxicity, air and soil pollution, and alkaline pH. When siting, keep in mind that Bottlebrush Grass may suffer in full sun, and is more likely to thrive in moist, well-drained, and fertile soil.
Restoration/Naturalization: Its prolific habit makes this grass an excellent choice for informal settings such as parks, restoration projects, or shade gardens. Bottlebrush Grass will spread making it a useful plant in “hands-off” settings where little maintenance is required or desired. It will readily repopulate the soil where an area has been cleared of buckthorn. If naturalizing an empty, urban plot of land it is interesting to note that Bottlebrush Grass can assist with phytoremediation by metabolizing hydrocarbons such as petroleum, propane, benzenes (aromatics), things that end in ‘-ane’: methane, propane, butane, ethane, octane, etc.
Erosion Control: Bottlebrush Grass, like many types of grasses, has a very fibrous root system that prevents soil erosion, holding the soil together while spreading quickly, giving other plants time to reach maturity.
Butterfly Garden: Use Bottlebrush Grass in a shady butterfly garden! It looks particularly beautiful when backlit by the sun and adds texture and movement. It is also a host plant to several species!