Photo: Blackstem Plants
Pheasant's tail grass
Delicate fine spikes of brilliant gold make this evergreen grass a spectacular foliage plant. Awarded an AGM from the RHS, every border should have at least one of these New Zealand beauties.
From midsummer to early autumn it produces wispy panicles of purple-green flowers that droop down, swaying in the slightest breeze. In autumn the foliage turns a deep, golden-orange topped by light buff seed-heads.
Planted en masse, the dense orange clumps are jaw droppingly beautiful particularly in winter when there is little else to admire.
Being evergreen, it should not be cut down. Just comb it through with a rake to dethatch and let it grow away.
It prefers quite dry conditions and free draining soil but may require winter protection being hardy only down to -12°C (10°F).
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, partial shade
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