Crested Dogstail (Cysnosurus cristatus) Plant
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Crested Dogstail (Cysnosurus cristatus) Plant

Although its clustered spikelets trimmed with miniature magenta florets are now grown more as an ornamental plant, Crested Dogstail was once grown to be used to make bonnets. An important food plant for multiple species of butterflies, and works wonderfully in a wildmeadow mix, as it's exceptionally hardy- able to survive drought and cold and remain green throughout winter.

  • Type: Perennial 
  • Height: 30–75cm. 
  • Flowers: May-June
  • Soil Requirement: Moist but well-drained
  • Light Requirement: Full sun or partial shade
  • Natural Habitat: Meadows, grasslands
  • Also known as: Dog's Grass, Dog's Tail Grass, Windlestraw
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