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Stenotaphrum secundatum 'Variegatum' (v)

variegated buffalo grass

A creeping evergreen grass forming a wide mat to 15cm tall, with oblong leaves heavily striped with creamy-white; flowers insignificant, brownish-green, in one-sided spikes in summer and autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green White
Summer Brown Green Green White
Autumn Brown Green Green White
Winter Green White
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Stenotaphrum can be annual or mat-forming perennial grasses, sometimes evergreen, with linear to lance-shaped leaves and greenish flowers in flattened spike-like racemes in summer or autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based potting compost (JI No.2) in full light. When in growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks. Water sparingly in winter. Container grown plants thrive if given a minimum winter temperature of 12°C (54°F). Outdoors grow in moist but well drained fertile soil in full sun. Plant out when all danger of frosts has passed

Propagation

Divide in spring. Take nodal cuttings in spring or during summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning necessary but tidy plants in early spring

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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