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Stipa tenuifolia

Also called Needle Grass / Spear Grass


Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Stipa tenuifolia

  • AKA Nassella tenuifolia, Stipa tenuissima
  • Forms clumps of gray-green blades and thin seed stems
  • Feathery seeds are held on panicles
  • Silvery flowers lead to golden-tan seed heads
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 60 cm
  • Foliage Height: up to 50 cm
  • Grass Type: Cold Season

Interesting Notes:

 

Zone:

6

Height:

45-60 cm

Spread:

30-45 cm

Colour:

Silver
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Mexican Feather Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

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


Stipa tenuifolia Characteristics

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

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Rounded
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green
Silver

Landscape uses

Foundation planting

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