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Stipa arundinacea (New Zealand wind grass, Pheasant's tail grass)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Stipa arundinacea STY-pah ah-run-din-AY-see-ah Common Name: New Zealand wind grass, Pheasant's tail grass 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Brown Flower; Green Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Meadow Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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