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Stipa arundinacea

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Seedlings of varying size from the large fluffy grass in the photo. In my garden it grows both in full sun but also in full shade underneath a birch tree.

Stipa arundinacea | London, NW2
Plant Size
20cm × 10cm × 6

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Plant Finder: about Stipa arundinacea

Common names

Pheasant tail grass, New Zealand wind grass


Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant tail grass). This is a large clump-forming evergreen grass. It is grown for its attractive foliage and flowers. The leaves are long narrow and dark green tinged orange. In the winter, the whole clump will turn a rich rusty orange colour. In mid summer, arching stems of fluffy, pinkish-purple flowers will appear. (Syn. Anemanthele lessoniana.)


You can plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

Interest and use

Grown for their habit and the flowers can be used for dried arrangements.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterDry

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