squirrel tail grass
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June - July
- Other features: the flowerheads can be cut and dried for floral arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy (annual or short-lived perennial)
A beautiful annual or short lived perennial grass that produces long-bristled, pale green seedheads, that are flushed with red or purple and fade to light tan as they age. These feathery flower spikes are useful for cutting and drying if picked early. They usually produce loads of seed, so will come back year after year if they are in a good spot. It is great in seaside plantings as it is quite tolerant of salt, but avoid planting near livestock or pets as the barbed awns around the seeds can cause problems.
- Garden care: Tolerates a wide range of conditions as long as it is in sun. It is usually one of the first plants to colonise empty ground - especially near the coast. Allow the flowerheads to develop fully if you want to collect the seed in autumn.
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Q:when it says short lived here, what does that mean?Asked on 9/5/2013 by dot from london
It depends, it could be 1 year or maybe 3-4 years.
Kind regardsAnswered on 9/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Ornamental grasses for coastal garden
Hello, I have ordered a few plants from Crocus previously with success and hope you can help me this time. We have a coastal property - about 2-300 m from the sea on the North Cornish coast. We are sheltered to a certain degree by sand dunes and a tamarisk hedge, but we do get a lot of South Westerly winds bringing in a lot of salt and rain. I have looked at your "suitable for coastal areas" page and am tempted by a few things. However I had hoped to find more of your ornamental grasses recommended in this section. Are there any other grasses you could recommend? I am looking for height and structure in one border - different species - up to 7 plants. And I am also looking at what I could plant on 3 little "man made hills" up to 1.5 tall. These hills have relatively steep sides to them, so I think it would be difficult to strim or cut grass with flymo. Again I was hoping some of the shorter ornamental grasses would be suitable? Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards EvaAsked on 9/28/2009 by Eva Davies
A:Hello Eva, I believe the only grass that we sell that is robust enough to cope with salt-laden wind in Hordeum, but that is not to say that a local nurseryman may have a list of grasses better suited to your area. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/29/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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