Fox tail overwintering - Knowledgebase Question

Magna, Ut
Question by coxb15
November 1, 2009
If a foxtail is in grass form now; without the seed head, will it survive to spring in zone 4/5. Should I get it out now, or will it die.

Answer from NGA
November 1, 2009


Foxtail is winter hardy to zone 6. Your zip code puts you in the warmest part of zone 6 so I think there's a good chance your ornamental grass will survive the winter. Just leave the plant alone. Frost will kill back the top but the blades will flop over and help protect the crown of the plant from cold winter temperatures. In the spring you can cut or pull off the dead blades and new growth should emerge from the crown of the plant. Enjoy your garden!

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