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Stipa capillata

Also called Needle Grass / Spear Grass


 Suitable Substitutions for Stipa capillata

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Mexican Feather Grass

 

More About Stipa capillata

  • AKA Achnatherum capillata
  • Tidy clumps of bluish-green blades and thin seed stems
  • Seeds are held on awns
  • Silvery flowers lead to golden to tan seed heads
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Flower Height: 90 cm
  • Foliage Height: 70 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

The "needle" in the common name refers to the points on the seeds.

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

5

Height:

70-90 cm

Spread:

30 cm

Colour:

Silver
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Feather Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Stipa is best planted in full sun in a dry, well-drained soil.


Stipa capillata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Seed
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Blue
Green

Landscape uses

Foundation planting