Saturday, October 8, 2016

Orchard Grass

Dactylis glomerata 'Variegata'
A dense clumping grass, reaching up to 2 feet with white striped leaf blades up to 16 x 0.5 inches in size. It is semi-evergreen or sometimes even evergreen if cut back in August. The species is native to most of temperate Eurasia including central Asia. The species has naturalized in North America as far north as Grand Prairie and Athabasca in Alberta, the north shore of Lake Superior and Sudbury, Ontario. The species is planted for hay and pasture and has naturalized in parts of North America.
The flower panicles, up to 5 feet in height, are up to 10 inches in length.
Hardy zones 2 to 7 in full sun to partial shade on just about any fertile, well drained soil. Propagation is from division during early spring.

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