New Zealand wind grass

Stipa arundinacea

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New Zealand wind grass (Stipa arundinacea)
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Genus:  Stipa
This evergreen species makes a handsome specimen with narrow, arching foliage that is streaked orange in summer and becomes orange-brown in winter. Its fine, pendent flower inflorescences open purplish-green in midsummer and have a misty quality.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good dried flower.
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
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,
Green 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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