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Chloris virgata

Finger grass

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.15m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.2m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourYellow, green
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Chloris virgata (Finger grass). This is a clumped grass which is native to the tropics and sub-tropics. The leaf colour will start out as mid green, then will turn red and green in the autumn. The profuse pendent flowers will become upright and fluffy later. This grass is easy to grow from seed and may even become invasive after several seasons. You may remove the flower heads to prevent self-seeding. You can propagate by division in the spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Grass

Origin

Tropics, Sub-tropics

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, ornamental, cutting bed, dried arrangements

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Propagation

By seed or division in the spring. Flower-heads can be removed to prevent self-seeding as can become invasive.

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