Whatever your name is, you are the softest grass I have ever touched. You don’t look exactly like the other images I’ve seen of Lagurus ovatus, but I don’t know what else you might be. Polypogon monspeliensis? I think I got these seeds in the Botanical Garden of Palermo. Oh, great January escape!
Some grass grown from seeds I gathered in the botanical gardens of Madrid in 2010 and sowed in the spring of 2011… I think it’s Ravenna grass (Erianthus ravennae), but I can’t remember now… Definitely not super-fast growing its first year, anyway!
This grass is native to the southeastern United States, but is growing in the Galeazza Garden thanks to seeds that were a gift from a Japanese friend, plantsman and nursery owner Hirotsugu Mori of Kameoka City, Kyoto.
These plants are all Galeazza volunteers - they were all self-sown from fallen seed, but found growing in the lawn outside the flowerbed, so I’ve moved them out of the mower’s way, into pots until they grow a bit and I can decide where they might look best.
Awwww. The softest grass heads of any. They feel like little rabbit tails… name soon. All I have to go on is I think they’re annuals. I hope to sow them next spring if I don’t lose them between now and then.
Oh, How much do I love Google? It takes one minute or less to learn the name of a plant. These are seedheads of the Mediterranean grass Lagurus ovatus, commonly called hare’s-tail grass. I just can’t remember where I got them - maybe Palermo? Or maybe I pinched them from a plant place near Mirandola… at any rate, first they caught my eye, then my fingers, and then I just had to pull them off the plants, which were finished for that season. I see they’re often considered a weed in this part of the world - what a lovely weed to introduce to the Galeazza Garden!