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Mexican feather grass

Stipa tenuissima

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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.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Remove the old foliage of evergreen species in early spring.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring; divide from midspring to early summer.

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

  • Genus : Stipa
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Flower Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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