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ALOPECURUS

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Jesse Saylor

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

ALOPECURUS

Plant Common Name

Foxtail Grass

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This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The foxtails are a group of perennial clump or tufted grasses that are native to Eurasia. They achieve a height of 12 to 40 inches, and have seed heads on tall showy stems. They are used as ornamental grasses, pasture and silage in agriculture, and are some species are considered weeds. They are adapted well to wet conditions.

Characteristics

  • 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

  • Height

    12"-40" / 30.5cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Dark Green

  • 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, Feature Plant, Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes