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ALOPECURUS pratensis 'Aureus'

Image of Alopecurus pratensis 'Aureus'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

ALOPECURUS pratensis 'Aureus'

Plant Common Name

Golden Meadow Foxtail, Meadow Foxtail

General Description

This yellow-hued perennial grass has linear blades that are golden yellow to yellow green. It is a clump-forming grass that spreads more slowly than average meadow foxtail, so it is less apt to be weedy.

Meadow foxtail is a perennial cool-season grass native to Eurasia. It forms spreading clumps and has large upright yellow blades that are flattened and rough to the touch. The tiny inconspicuous flowers are borne on tall cylindrical spikes held well above the foliage. It grows best in moist locations and is found in wetlands, roadside ditches and irrigated fields.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    10"-24" / 25.4cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gold, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No