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PlantFiles: Hare's Tail Grass, Bunny Tails
Lagurus ovatus

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagurus (lag-ur-uss) (Info)
Species: ovatus (oh-VAY-tus) (Info)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral TheLoveofFlowers On Jun 14, 2012, TheLoveofFlowers from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I love the fluffy seed heads but the plant they grow on looked kind of messy in our containers. The stems got easily broken in the wind. I planted it one year by seed (starting really early). The grass went to seed early too. Oddly this thing reseeded itself and I got volunteers inside the container the following year. (in a zone 4 garden with the container kept in an unheated garage during the winter). I have not tried to plant it in the ground.

Positive WaterCan2 On Apr 6, 2007, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

They are a fun plant (grass), they animate the garden with movement.
To my knowledge they are considered annuals here in NY and are relatively inexpensive.

Positive grannymarsh On Mar 1, 2007, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have successfully winter sowed this plant. For me, success has been better when I plant the entire seed head, the whole 'bunnytail', rather than picking it apart. Or just sow the seed wherever you wish to have it in the garden. Drought tolerant, and easy to grow. The rabbits/deer here do not seem to like it. Nice fall color, a golden straw tone. Have not had a problem with it self sowing.

Positive moscheuto On Jun 21, 2002, moscheuto from Westland, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bunny Tails are a fun plant to grow. I use them to fill in empty spots around the yard, also good for containers and borders. Non-invasive, has yet to re-seed itself. I usually start new plants from seed, the seed I have is over seven years old, and it still germinates sucessfully without additional steps. Throw some seed in a pot, water and forget it. The 'tails' emerge from transplant in about 4 weeks, sometimes faster, depending on growing conditions. I can get two seperate plantings a year, just as soon as the first bunch gets planted, start more seed for the second bunch. I think this year, I'll save some new seed.

Neutral jody On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:



This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Menifee, California
Richmond, California
San Anselmo, California
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Nampa, Idaho
Barbourville, Kentucky
Halifax, Massachusetts
Blair, Nebraska
Edison, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Boerne, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Keller, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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