Lagurus: hare’s tail grass

Height 30cm (1ft)

Planting distance 15cm (6in)

Flowers early summer to early autumn

Well-drained soil

Sunny position

Hardy annual grass

Hare’s tail grass (Lagurus ovatus) is a hardy annual often grown in mixed borders for its decorative flowers – delightful 3cm (1-1/2in) long fluffy white heads resembling the tail of a hare or rabbit. These appear from early summer to early autumn carried on slender stems 30cm (1ft) high.

The long, narrow, hairy, grey-green leaves present a pleasant contrast to the soft furry flower heads.

To dry the grass for winter decoration, gather in dry weather in late summer.


Sow the seeds in late summer to early autumn in pots or pans of seed compost and overwinter in a cold frame or cool greenhouse. The following spring (mid spring) set the seedlings in the growing position, spacing them 15cm (6in) apart. A well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position is suitable.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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