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Stipa tenuissima

Ornamental grass

  • Botanical name: Stipa tenuissima
  • Common name: Ornamental grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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

How to grow Stipa tenuissima

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

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Stipa tenuissima and wildlife

Stipa tenuissima has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Stipa tenuissima poisonous?

Stipa tenuissima has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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