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Stipa arundinacea

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A lovely grass from New Zealand, Stipa arundinacea has arching, lush green blades which gradually darken to buff orange, red and gold in late summer and autumn. The seed-heads provide winter food for seed-eating birds.

Stipa arundinacea is a versatile grass with a soft, flowing habit and is very suitable for low, flowering borders.

Supplied Size: 3L containers

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Stipa arundinacea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Stipa arundinacea | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Stipa arundinacea grows to be a small clump forming grass.
Height: up to 100 cm (3 ft)
Spread: 100 cm (3 ft)

Notes: This plant is also known as Anemanthele lessoniana..

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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