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New Zealand wind grass

Stipa arundinacea

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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 CharacteristicsGood dried flower.

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
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • 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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