- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Flower colour: purplish-green maturing to pale gold
- Other features: the flowers make attractive dried flower arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Arching stems of glistening, golden, oat-like flowerheads above clumps of slender, grey-green leaves. This majestic evergreen grass is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny, mixed or new perennial border. Perfect for introducing movement, it looks stunning under-planted with the rich purple flowerheads of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'.
- Garden care: When planting always wear stout gardening gloves to protect against the sharp edges of the basal leaves. Wearing gloves, comb through the plant in early spring to remove dead foliage.
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I bought a stipa gigantea from your open day in April and I don't think it's grown an inch. It doesn't look sad, just small! It's in a sunny border with chalky soil, so free draining. Am I just being impatient? I am a total novice so tend to take the plant and pray approach - any advice or reassurance would be good. (Btw, everything else I bought from the open day looks great and I have a much more colourful garden now.)Asked on 7/7/2014 by WendyH from London
It is not unusual for newly planted things to concentrate their efforts into producing root growth rather than top growth. If the conditions are good and the soil is reasonably fertile, then in time it should start to put on top growth.Answered on 8/7/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:HI..just wondering if Stipa gigantea can be grown in a large container on a very sunny, south-facing balcony? I'm guessing it would need deep soil for the roots but let me know if you think this might work. thanks!Asked on 11/10/2013 by prairie girl from London
As long as you have a big enough pot with a moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soil (it won't like getting waterlogged) it sould be ok. The plant could normally grow to about 2.5m x 1.2 m wide but in a pot it is unlikely to reach it's potential.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 14/10/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
Can Stipa Gigantea survive in a clay soil please, always wanted to buy this plant but not too sure. If not, can you suggest what grasses will. ThanksAsked on 15/9/2013 by Alex 7 from Essex
Yes you can grow a Stipa gigantea in clay soil, but they don't like being waterlogged. They prefer a medium to light, well drained soil in lots of sun, but ,if you do want to plant one, I would incorporate grit or sand into the planting to increase the drainage.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 16/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry
Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, KellyAsked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie
A:Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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