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Alopecurus pratensis var. aureus
A single plant of yellow foxtail grass adds a bright splash of color to
beds and borders.
In a mas planting, this grass creates a dramatic landscape feature.
Type of Plant
Cool-season, spreading perennial grass.
Best Climate and Site
Zones 6-9. Grows best in cool climates. Prefers soil that is evenly moist but not dry or overly wet for long periods. Full sun; partial shade in hot areas.
Height to about 1 foot (30 cm); spread 8-12 inches (20-30 cm). Flowering stems grow to 2 feet (60 cm) tall..
This low-growing, mostly evergreen grass has wide, bright yellow-green stripes on light green leaves. The foxtail-like flower head, soft to the touch, appears in late spring. Yellow foxtail grass is a slow spreader and non-invasive.
Set plants 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart in spring or early fall. To get a new flush of leaves, cut back foliage if it becomes discolored by rust or if it looks tattered by mid-summer. Cut back browned leaves in late fall. Fertilize if growth is poor, and water in dry weather. Propagate by division in spring or fall.
Use a single specimen to add a spot of color or in masses for an eye-catching landscape feature. Yellow foxtail grass is a good choice for grouping with spring bulbs.