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, Ligularia

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 (prah-TEN-sis)


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Golden Foxtail Grass