All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Briza media


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Sun
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Mainly dry
Soil Type: Moist But Well-Drained
Colour: Green
Colour: Purple

A very pretty perennial wild grass. This British Native 'Quaking Grass' is named after the delicate branching heads of green-purple flowers which appear to tremble or quake in the breeze. 

The green-grey foliage remains short and the flower/seed heads reach up to approx 50cm from June. One of the best wild grasses for a border or can be planted in a wildflower meadow and allowed to naturalise.

Sadly this grass is not nearly as prevalent in the UK as it used to be, due to the loss of wildflower meadows.

Height: 50cm

Common names: Quaking grass, cow-quake, didder, dithering-grass, dodder-grass, doddering dillies, doddle-grass, earthquakes, jiggle-joggles, jockey-grass, lady's-hair, maidenhair-grass, pearl grass, quakers, quakers-and-shakers, shaking-grass, tottergrass, trimmling-jockies, wag-wantons (and many more)

Myth and Legend

In Wiltshire, there is a tradition that parents would tell their children that if the flower spikes of this grass should stop trembling, they would turn in to sixpences. 

In some parts of the country it is said that taking the grass inside would keep mice away:

A Trimmling Jock i' t' house

And you weeant hav' a mouse

It is said that cows would never stand on or eat quaking grass.

In the past quaking grass has been used to treat ague and fevers.

Picture: Carl Axel Magnus Lindman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.