stipa ( syn. Stipa tenuifolia )
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The glue that holds so many sun-baked borders together, emerging pale-green fine filaments turn bleached canvas beige and they continue to move in winter like a lava lamp
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Wonderful, wispy, pale yellow-green leaves topped with fluffy plumes of silver-green flowers, maturing to blonde-buff. This versatile deciduous grass is ideal for a sunny gravel garden, large container or new perennial border. It's perfect for introducing movement into a planting scheme since the fluffy flower heads and foliage billow in the slightest breeze.
- Garden care: Cut back in early spring before the new foliage appears.
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Comments about Stipa tenuissima:
BeUtiful grass for garden or patio pot. Looks lovely amongst other pots of flowers.
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Comments about Stipa tenuissima:
It is in a shady border but did not do too well. Perhaps as it is in its first year. I do love this plant but never had one previously.
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Q:Is stipa tenuissima self-seeding / invasive?Asked on 29/8/2014 by Clare from Cheshire
This plant does tend to self seed quite freely, however I would not say it is particularly invasive as the parent plant tends to be relatively short lived.Answered on 1/9/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I have been told by my nursery only to comb through stipa tenuissima however the RHS and many other sources including Crocus advise cutting down - what should I do? At the same time I also bought Stipa gigantea from you and I believe you just tidy this?Asked on 6/3/2013 by bunny from Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
You can in fact do either. This is a deciduous grass, but if you leave it uncut, it will provide interest throughout the winter. By this time of the year you can usually remove all the dead foliage by combing your fingers through it, but if you want a neater (and faster) option, then you can just cut it back.
As for the Stipa gigantea, this tends to be evergreen, so it is best just to gently remove the dead bits by hand.Answered on 6/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Can I give my Descampshia and Stipa grasses a hair-cut?!
Hello I recently bought Deschampsia cespitosa and Stipa tenuissima from yourselves. Can you tell me if it's right to give the grasses their hair-cut now? Many thanksAsked on 28/8/2009 by pauline webster
A:Hello There, Grasses are usually cut back in the autumn to neaten them up, however they can be left until spring if you prefer to keep their winter silhouettes. It won't affect their growth at all though as they are coming into their dormant period now, so will put on loads of new growth in spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden?
I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?Asked on 29/3/2005 by firstname.lastname@example.org
A:There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=kniphofia any of the Euphorbias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euphorbia Yucca filamentosa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=yucca+fil Stipa tenuissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1000000022&CategoryID= any of the Eryngiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=eryngium any of the Sedum spectabile http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=sedum+spect any of the Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Erigeron http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4376&CategoryID= Convolvulus cneorum http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=940&CategoryID= Phlomis italica http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=phlomis Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4046&CategoryID= Festuca glauca http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=Festuca+glauc&x=12&y=10Answered on 30/3/2005 by Crocus
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