Crested Dogstail ‘Cynosurus cristatus’

A choice plant with purple flowers and mounds of broadly divided leaves. A good plant for the shady border or woodland areas. It typically grows in species rich grassland. It thrives in a variety of soil types but avoids the acid and calcareous extremes of pH, and prefers well drained soils. Often grown as an ornamental plant. It is grazed by sheep as it is leafy at the base. It can withstand cold and drought and remains green during the winter. Cattle and sheep will eat the young leaves eagerly, but leave the stiff, hard stems alone.

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Additional information

Sun Preference


Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Doesn't like acid soils, tends to grow in shady borders or woodland areas.


Crested dog's-tail is the foodplant of caterpillars of several butterfly species in the brown and skipper families.

Flowering season

May – June

Flowering colour

Purple/Grass Like

Eventual height


Species Type

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