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Bunny Tails Grass

Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

Hello, I saw a lovely combination last year at Wisley of Bunny tails grass and gaura whirling butterflies.


I've been looking into growing this in my garden, which is light sandy soil, so looks okay from that perspective.  However someone has just pointed out it is an annual ?

I didn't know such things existed as an annual grass?

Has anyone on here grown it, does it seed and grow from that sufficiently enough that you don't have to grow seeds every year?

 I can grow stipa tennuissima from seed so hope my seed growing skills will cope with this, I just like perennials, or plants which look after themselves once they get going.  Being such light sandy soil its survival of the fittest in my garden.

Any advice ?

Thank you, and stay warm on this cold foggy frosy morning. x


  • TigrahTigrah Posts: 125

    I'm growing some! I have some gaura bridal white in my garden too, so thanks for the great idea. Bunny tails look great on their own in small pots, too! Ties little tables or whatever into the scheme of the garden when planted both ways image

    I was under the impression that they were a self-seeding annual and, like a lot of grasses, you may not be able to get rid of it anyway haha - fine by me as it looks great and you can always thin it down if that is the case. I'll look more into it myself now and let you know image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,191

    Yes - annuals, and like many annuals,  you'll need to sow each year if you don't have the right climate and conditions for them to seed around successfully. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • There is a lovely pennisetum, P. alopecuroides 'Little Bunny', which is a tough perennial and, although being clump-forming and not of the same habit as the annual grass, might work, carefully positioned.


  • PageZPageZ Posts: 87

    I have it. Bought it at the Gardeners world live last year. It self seeded and I transplanted the young grasses to my rose pot. They seem happy there.

    The original one is still alive so it is not annual?

  • I've grown these as an annual. I let some of them seed and they germinated outside in the Autumn. Very easy to grow and they look lovely as a filler plant in the border. So nice to touch.

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