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Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
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1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Stipa tenuissima

Other names

Mexican feather grass, Texas needle grass, Nassella tenuissima, Nassella tenuissima 'Pony Tails', Stipa tenuifolia , Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. tenuissima - S. tenuissima is a compact, deciduous grass. It is upright, with gently arching, fine foliage and feathery flower panicles in summer.


Stipa tenuissima is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming

Flower

Pale-brown, Pale-green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Golden-yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back in late autumn or early winter after the leaves have died.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in medium to light, moderately fertile soil.

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 tenuissima

Other names

Mexican feather grass, Texas needle grass, Nassella tenuissima, Nassella tenuissima 'Pony Tails', Stipa tenuifolia , Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Genus

Stipa Stipa

Species

S. tenuissima - S. tenuissima is a compact, deciduous grass. It is upright, with gently arching, fine foliage and feathery flower panicles in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Pale-brown, Pale-green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Golden-yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back in late autumn or early winter after the leaves have died.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Stipa tenuissima (Mexican feather grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in full sun in medium to light, moderately fertile soil.

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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Stipa tenuissima

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Can I cut back Stipa tenuissima now in March and if so will it grow again for the summer?

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