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Stipa arundinacea

Pheasant tail grass

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Spread0.75m to 1.25m
  • Growth HabitIrregular tuft
  • Flower ColourPink-purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

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.)

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Grass

Other common names

New Zealand wind grass

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

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

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Needs

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

Cultivation

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

Propagation

To propagate you must sow seed in spring or autumn or divide the plants in late spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Usually little trouble from pests and diseases.

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