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Stipa tenuissima

To swap with Nick

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Have a few small seedlings, from larger plants which have seeded around readily. If you're looking for grasses that spread about but don't get too large then these are a pretty option that blow about nicely in the breeze.

Plant Size
20cm × 10cm × 5

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Common names

Spear grass, Feather grass, Needle grass


Stipa tenuissima (Spear grass). There are about 300 species of tufted perennials, which are grown for there tall flowering spikes with large feathery panicles. Each flowering head comprises of spikelets, with one or more florets, that are covered with glumes or scales. The leaves are narrow and entire.


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

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Stipa tenuissima | Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterDry

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    I'd be interested in swapping hardy perennials, shrubs, grasses and ground cover for some of our more awkward sloping spaces. Happy to come and dig-out larger donations if you have unwanted shrubs. At the moment we have many fairly young specimens and lots of empty space, so am mainly relying on donations and vigorous growth to fill the gaps...

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