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Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant's tail grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Anemanthele lessoniana

Other names

Pheasant's tail grass, New Zealand wind grass, Calamagrostis arundinacea, Stipa arundinacea

Genus

Anemanthele Anemanthele

Species

A. lessoniana - A. lessoniana is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen to evergreen grass, with arching, mid-green leaves, flushed red or orange in autumn, and airy, arching panicles of reddish-brown flower spikelets in late summer.


Anemanthele lessoniana is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Reddish-brown in Summer; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Flushed orange, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Flushed orange in Autumn; Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged leaves in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant's tail grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in light to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates clay and partial shade. Will tolerate temperatures down to -10C for a brief period of time.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Anemanthele lessoniana

Other names

Pheasant's tail grass, New Zealand wind grass, Calamagrostis arundinacea, Stipa arundinacea

Genus

Anemanthele Anemanthele

Species

A. lessoniana - A. lessoniana is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen to evergreen grass, with arching, mid-green leaves, flushed red or orange in autumn, and airy, arching panicles of reddish-brown flower spikelets in late summer.

Native to

New Zealand

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Reddish-brown in Summer; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Flushed orange, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Flushed orange in Autumn; Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged leaves in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Anemanthele lessoniana (Pheasant's tail grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in light to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates clay and partial shade. Will tolerate temperatures down to -10C for a brief period of time.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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