Mexican feather grass

Stipa tenuissima

Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan
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Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)
STY-pah ten-yew-ISS-ih-mah
Genus:  Stipa
No other grass exhibits quite the refinement of texture as this species. Its bright green foliage resembles delicate filaments that arise in elegant, vase-like clumps and spill outward like a soft fountain. All summer it bears a profusion of feathery panicles, which mature from foamy-green to blonde. It is native to the Americas.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove the old foliage of evergreen species in early spring.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; divide from midspring to early summer.
Problems:  Damping off, rust, smut, brown patch, brown stripe, eye spot.

Overview

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

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