Lagurus ovatus. Known alternately as Bunny Tails, Hares' Tails, and Catgrass, this exceptional annual grass has panicles (flowers) like little powder puffs. Native to the Mediterranean region, it grows well in any temperate environment, and puts on a great show mid-summer in containers, garden beds, or xeriscaping landscapes. Better still, the amusing flower heads dry on the plant and remain in place through the winter. The stems grow to 30cm (12") tall, and add whimsy to flower arrangements. They're also superb as dried flowers. Bunny Tails has earned the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its adaptability and charm.
Cloud Grass, a species of bentgrass, forms a diaphanous hazy mist in late summer when its delicate, tiny flowers spread out in all directions. It is useful to know some tips on how to grow cloud grass.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Or direct sow in early spring, when soil is cool and a light frost is still possible. It can also be planted in late autumn.
Just cover the small seeds. At a temperature of 10-12°C (50-55°F) seeds should germinate in 21 to 25 days.
Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. Space plants 15-20cm (6-8″) apart. Feed regularly and don’t let the soil become completely dry. Keep an eye on the flowering stage and cut the stems for drying before the seeds set in order to prevent self-sowing. The flower stems are spectacular when dried and will last for months. Cut them and hang them upside-down in a dark, airy place until fully dried.