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Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's tail grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3ft 3in
Max height
3ft 11in
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Stipa arundinacea

Other names

Pheasant's tail grass, Anemanthele lessoniana, New Zealand wind grass, Calamagrostis arundinacea

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. arundinacea - S. arundinacea is a tall, evergreen grass, with arching, green leaves turning orange-brown in winter and panicles of purple-green flower spikelets that emerge in summer.


Stipa arundinacea is: Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple, Green in Spring; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Brown, Orange in Winter; Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's tail grass) will reach a height of 3ft 3in and a spread of 3ft 11in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is light to medium and moderately fertile.

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

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Stipa arundinacea

Other names

Pheasant's tail grass, Anemanthele lessoniana, New Zealand wind grass, Calamagrostis arundinacea

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. arundinacea - S. arundinacea is a tall, evergreen grass, with arching, green leaves turning orange-brown in winter and panicles of purple-green flower spikelets that emerge in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple, Green in Spring; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Brown, Orange in Winter; Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's tail grass) will reach a height of 3ft 3in and a spread of 3ft 11in after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is light to medium and moderately fertile.

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

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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