Also called Needle Grass / Spear Grass
Suitable Substitutions for Stipa capillata
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
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.
Feather Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips
Stipa is best planted in full sun in a dry, well-drained soil.
Stipa capillata Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall