Genus: Feather grass

Stipa

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Feather grass (Stipa)
STY-pah
Synonyms:  Achnatherum
Poaceae
Stipa are tufted, clump-forming grass species that are native to temperate and warm temperate regions of the world. Their leaves are linear, pleated, and rolled, and their flowers are feathery, bristly, or flattened. They are suitable as accents or specimens in grass or rock gardens, and for naturalizing, wild gardens, and erosion control. Their inflorescences may be used for dried flower arrangements.  S. tenuissima is native to southern North America.
Noteworthy characteristics:  These grasses are grown for the wide variety of textures produced by their foliage and flowers. All are responsive to even the slightest breeze.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back deciduous species in early winter and remove old foliage of evergreen species in early spring.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; divide from mid-spring to early summer.

Problems: 

Damping off, rust, smut, brown patch, brown stripe, eye spot.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Stipa

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New Zealand wind grass
Stipa arundinacea
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Giant feather grass
Stipa gigantea
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Mexican feather grass
Stipa tenuissima