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Eragrostis curvula 'Totnes Burgundy'

Eragrostis curvula 'Totnes Burgundy'
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Family:  Poaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Grey
Leaf Colour:  Brown/Purple/Red
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  60cm to 90cm (2' to 3')
Pot Size:  9cm

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Desirable form with the leaves stained deep burgundy from the tips, improving as the summer goes on. Arching stems of charcoal grey flower panicles to 75cm. Drained soil in full sun.

An elegant plant, generally smaller growing than the species tends to be.  The fine foliage starts the year mostly grey-green but by early summer some burgundy staining is visible at the leaf tips (this is enhanced if the plant is stressed by heat or drought).  By late summer about half the leaf will be red.  The flowers start to appear in early -mid summer and are finer and more graceful than the parent species.

Some report that Eragrostis curvula 'Totnes Burgundy' can be grown from seed and will come true but our experiance is that all self-sown seedlings lack the deep red colour so we cannot recommend growing from seed.  All our plants are divisions.

For drained soil in full sun, 'Totnes Burgundy' will do best in a warm sheltered garden but is surprisingly hardy, to at least -12°C in our experience as long as the drainage is good enough.

Found and named by Julian Sutton of Desirable Plants, Totnes, Devon in the 1990s.


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