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Stipa tenuissima

Mexican Feather Grass

Compact form producing a frothing cascade of yellow flowers

An elegant grass with fine, gently arching leaves. Feathery plumes of silvery-green flowers emerge from June to September and mature to a soft golden brown. Stipa tenuissima is a hardy fast growing grass.


Ideal growing in a large container or sunny border. A lovely choice for a prairie planting or in informal borders.


Easy to grow in all soil types and likes moderately fertile soil that is moist and well-drained.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September