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Bunny Tail Happy Easter!!!!!

Bunny Tail Lagurus ovatus, commonly called hare's-tail, hare's-tail grass  is also grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive flower panicles Lagurus ovatus is a clump-forming annual growing to 20 in tall 12 in wide,  with pale green grassy foliage and numerous short, oval green flowerheads, turning to a buff colour as they ripen, all summer long. 

Native to the Mediterranean and introduced into Britain, it is now thriving on sandy stretches in the islands of Guernsey and Jersey, occasionally found in Ireland and South Wales. It has become naturalized in County Wexford, Ireland, South Devon and West Sussex.

Bunny grass is a small, clumping grass with soft, ivory to white, oval flowers. They have a soft, touchable texture that is irresistible to both little and big hands. The blades are a soft, green color and 1 to 2 feet (0.5 m.) long. Unlike many ornamental grasses, hare’s tail grass has thin, bendable foliage. Bunny tail grass is a novice gardener’s dream because it’s so forgiving, and bunny grass plant info wouldn’t be complete without noting its drought tolerance.

Lagurus is a genus of Old World plants in the grass family, native to the Mediterranean Basin and nearby regions, from Azores and the Canary Islands to Crimea and Saudi Arabia. It is also naturalized in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Great Britain, and scattered locations in the Americas.

This is one of those grasses that you grow first on a whim, then as an integral part of your garden! It's just that irresistible (and easy). And for an annual, it manages to give 12 months or more of beauty when you use its lovely bunny tails as Everlastings! Give it a try this season and you'll see what I mean! The plant itself is neat and compact, just 12 to 20 inches high and about a foot wide. Beginning in early summer, it's topped by chartreuse puffballs, about 2" wide, that really do look like Peter Cottontail rummaging around in your grass for a dropped Easter egg! They are soft, fluffy, and absolutely irresistible to touch -- a big child-pleaser and a nice edging for a pathway, where visitors will smile as the bunny tails brush their legs!

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