Alopecurus pratensis 'Aureovariegatus'

Foxtail grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (42772)

Plant details

Foxtail grass contributes lemon and lime striped foliage to brighten up a spring and summer border. Plants spread steadily but are not invasive. Unlike the similar looking Bowles' golden grass which is a shade lover, foxtail grass grows well in the sun or light shade provided the soil is sufficiently moist. If allowed to flower, foxtail grass has unexceptional flower heads which drain the colour from the foliage, and the best way to treat plants is to clip them over in spring to keep them vegetative. They can be left to self-seed in a natural border or cottage garden.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Alopecurus

Species: pratensis

Cultivar: Aureovariegatus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to June

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