Mexican Feather Grass

Stipa tenuissima

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A close up of a Stipa tenuissima plant
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Stipa tenuissima is also known by the common names Mexican feather grass and Texas needle grass. It is a deciduous species in the grass family, Poaceae. It typically grows to around 60cm in height, with a tufted habit and arching stems bearing feathery, discrete, grassy flowers in the summer. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Origin

Mexico, South America, USA.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Poaceae

Flower colour

Cream-brown flowers.
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