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Stipa tenuifolia (Pheasant grass )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Stipa tenuifolia

Other names

Pheasant grass

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Variety or Cultivar

S. tenuifolia is an herbaceous, perennial grass with wispy, pale yellow-green foliage topped with fluffy plumes of silver-green flowers, maturing to tan in late summer.


Stipa tenuifolia is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Flower

Silvery-grey, Pale-brown, Green in Summer

Foliage

Pale-yellow in Spring; Pale-yellow in Summer

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 tenuifolia (Pheasant grass ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is medium to light 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 Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Stipa tenuifolia

Other names

Pheasant grass

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Variety or Cultivar

S. tenuifolia is an herbaceous, perennial grass with wispy, pale yellow-green foliage topped with fluffy plumes of silver-green flowers, maturing to tan in late summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Silvery-grey, Pale-brown, Green in Summer

Foliage

Pale-yellow in Spring; Pale-yellow in Summer


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 tenuifolia (Pheasant grass ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in soil that is medium to light 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 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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