Giant feather grass

Stipa gigantea

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Giant feather grass (Stipa gigantea)
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Genus:  Stipa
This semi-evergreen species makes a stately, stand-alone specimen with narrow, arching foliage and shimmering gold panicles that reach 8 feet tall. The flowers open in June as silvery-purple and mature to shades of wheat.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Stipa are tufted, clump-forming species are native to temperate and warm temperate regions of the world. 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. 
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove the old foliage 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.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Brown Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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