The flowers of this unusual ornamental grass are known as panicles, and they are borne on flexible stems that cause them to bounce and tremble in the wind, hence, Quaking Grass.

Briza maxima
Family: Poaceae

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Sow indoors in peat pots, 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant after frost at 30cm (12") spacing. Or direct sow outdoors after last frost or in the autumn. Expect germination in 10-21 days.

Sow 5mm (1/8") deep, and keep soil just moist.

This annual grass will grow in full sun to partial shade, in containers, raised beds, or in xeriscaping schemes. Make sure the soil is well drained and not that fertile. Once it is growing, it requires very little care. It is tolerant of drought and stress, and is non-competitive.