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Stipa gigantea (Golden oats)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Stipa gigantea

Other names

Golden oats, Stipa gigantica, Giant feather grass

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. gigantea - S. gigantea is a tall, evergreen to semi-evergreen grass with arching, green leaves and large panicles of oat-like flowers that emerge purple and ripen to a golden colour in late summer.


Stipa gigantea is: Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple in Spring; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove spent flower stems and dead leaves in spring.

Propagation

Divide every 3-4 years.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Stipa gigantea (Golden oats) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, light soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Stipa gigantea

Other names

Golden oats, Stipa gigantica, Giant feather grass

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. gigantea - S. gigantea is a tall, evergreen to semi-evergreen grass with arching, green leaves and large panicles of oat-like flowers that emerge purple and ripen to a golden colour in late summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring; Gold in Autumn

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Remove spent flower stems and dead leaves in spring.

Propagation

Divide every 3-4 years.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Stipa gigantea (Golden oats) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, light soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

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, Zone 6

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