Briza maxima

Briza maxima_ big quaking grass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: big quakinggrass; rattlesnake grass; large quakinggrass,

Briza maxima (big quaking grass, rattlesnake grass) is a winter annual grass (family Poaceae) and is located throughout the coastal ranges of California. It is, on occasion, grown for its ornamental panicles but has spread into many grassland regions where it can be the dominant species.

Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
  • Cal-IPC News - Our quarterly newsletter. Each issue is available as a pdf.
  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.
  • California distribution map - Maps based on survey data from county Weed Management Areas.
    These maps are the product of those working in the field and are not intended to be definitive.

Other Resources

Symposium Presentations

  • Clifford, P., A. J. Pickart, et al. (2005). Invasive annual grasses in a coastal dune ecosystem. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2005. Chico, California, California Invasive Plant Council.

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • None for this species.