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
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 as the barbed awns around the seeds can cause problems if eaten. The flowerheads dry well and make attractive additions to arrangements.
- Garden care:Prepare a sunny seedbed and sow the seeds 5mm deep in spring or autumn. Germination can be slow, but after the seedlings start to appear, thin them out when they are large enough to handle. Carefully replant those removed, so all the plants are spaced at 25-30cm intervals. These plants like well-drained soil, so avoid over-watering.
- Sow: March-May or September-October
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 100 seeds.
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