Stipa tenuissima

Stipa tenuissima

Ornamental grass

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Stipa tenuissima
  • Common name: Ornamental grass
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads

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Stipa tenuissima is a neat, compact, perennial grass, bearing closely packed, stiff, thread-like stems forming a strongly horizontal shape. In summer, masses of elegant pale feathery seed-heads are held above the foliage. These can be cut and dried when first opened for use in winter arrangements indoors. Alternatively they make a useful winter food source for finches and other seed-eating birds.

Grow Stipa tenuissima in well-drained soil in full sun. It works well in a mixed borfer among herbaceous plants and other grasses. To propagate, divide plants from mid-spring to early summer.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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