Quaking grass: Briza media
The annual and perennial grasses in this genus that belongs to the Poaceae family are native to the temperate regions of Europe and south-west Asia. Briza media is a bushy ornamental grass with narrow, mid-green leaves, slightly hairy along the edges. In summer it produces about 30 nodding brownish-purple spikelets grouped in loose panicles that quake and rattle in the breeze, hence the name. They make excellent dried flowers, which are sometimes also coloured. After flowering the flowers tend to dry out on the plant. Quaking grass grows best in moderately fertile, sandythat is kept slightly moist at all times. It is an extremely undemanding plant that must be cut back at the end of the winter. It can be divided in spring.