- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: dry to moist, neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The neat, densely tufted evergreen foliage makes this a perfect grass for the wildflower meadow. Dainty silver-tinted, purple spikelets appear like clouds in summer and provide a real feature well into the autumn. These are easy and reliable plants that will tolerate some shade.
- Garden care: Remove the faded flower-heads in late winter before new growth appears. If the foliage has also started to look tatty at that time of the year, then this too can be cut back hard. In warm areas the plant has a tendency to self-seed freely. Where this is the case remove unwanted seedlings as part of routine border maintenance.
“A tussock grass for a cool position changing from dark-green spikes in spring to a light-green froth of luminous airy awns”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer