Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Mexican feather grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Fiona Rice, copyright GAP Photos (324139)

Plant details

The stipas include some of the most beautiful plants, and tenuissima makes a dense tuft of vertical growth spurting out of the ground, the base of the leaves packed tightly together in a clump. The top growth is nicely topped by the pale summer flowers and sways in the breeze, being slightly more eye-catching than the species parent. It can be grown in all kinds of imaginative ways, in rows with say Heliotropium in the alternating spaces, or encircling a standard (a shrub with a vertical bare leg, and all its growth on top). You can even grow 'Pony Tails' in long, sinuous lines through a border. It needs poor, free-draining ground because if the soil is too rich it tends to flop over.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Stipa

Species: tenuissima

Cultivar: Pony Tails

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: April to April

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