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Lagurus ovatus

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Brown in Autumn
Pale Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

hare's tail grass

Family

Poaceae


Lagurus is an annual grass with linear leaves and spike-like ovoid flowering panicles which are good for drying

L. ovatus forms a tuft of narrow, arching leaves, with slender stems bearing dense ovoid flower-heads, at first pale green, later pale buff to cream

Other common names

  • bunnies' tails
  • rabbit's tail grass
  • Turk's head grass

Synonym(s)

  • Lagurus ovatus 'Bunny's Tails'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in medium to light, moderately fertile soil in a warm, sunny site. Prefers sandy soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in spring or by sowing seed in containers in a cold frame in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free