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Stipa gigantea

Also called Giant Feather Grass


 Suitable Substitutions for Stipa gigantea

Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Switch Grass

 
Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Stipa gigantea

  • AKA Achnatherum gigantea
  • Forms clumps of gray-green blades and thin seed stems
  • Seeds held on panicles
  • Brown flowers lead to golden-tan seed heads
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Flower Height: 250 cm
  • Foliage Height: 170 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

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:

170-250 cm

Spread:

100-120 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Golden Oats Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in full sun and a well-drained soil. Clumps should be pruned in the spring before the new growth resumes.


Stipa gigantea 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

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Seed
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Fall
Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Clumping
Vase-shape

Foliage Color

Green