Alopecurus pratensis 'Aureovariegatus'
- Golden Foxtail Grass
Golden foxtail, with its soft yellow and green foliage,
contrasts beautifully with hostas and astilbes. It is excellent
in a woodland setting. To grow this grass in full sun or
in hot dry conditions, constant moisture is needed. In hot
dry conditions, golden foxtail will stay gold longer if
cut back and watered in mid-August. It will also be a brighter
colour in full sun (as seen in the photo).
Note: this plant is not related to Foxtail Barley
(Hordeum jubatum), which has awns that can become stuck in
animals ears, eyes, noses, digestive tracts, etc.
This plant is a good substitute for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
in colder climates.
Description: cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - variegated yellow-green; narrow blade width; 30-40
cm (12-16") tall
Flowers - May-June; 60 cm (24")
Ideal growing conditions: full sun to light shade;
moist fertile soil; dislikes hot dry locations
Coldest zone: 4 (find
your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Hosta, Astilbe, Bergenia, Brunnera,
Season of interest: May - October
Recommended spacing between plants: 20-45 cm (8-18")
why such a difference?
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once
every week); further info
Pronunciation: Alopecurus (al-o-PEK-u-rus) pratensis
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