Anemanthele lessoniana

pheasant's tail grass (syn. Stipa arundinacea)

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Buy Anemanthele lessoniana pheasant's tail grass (syn. Stipa arundinacea): Versatile and colourful

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

    Pheasant's tail is a wonderful grass that provides year-round colour, movement and structure. It forms a fountain-like clump of slender evergreen foliage, which emerges green, but develops irregular yellow, orange and red spotting and streaking. This colouring becomes even more intense during the colder months of the year and the overall effect is very pretty. An added bonus is the sprays of airy flowerheads, which appear in late summer.

  • Garden care: In spring, tease out dead foliage by gently running your fingers through it as if it were hair. It may self-seed, but simply pull out seedlings when you see them.

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Eventual height & spread

Crocus never disappoints - this is a great success

4

looks great in a narrow bed round a bay window to soften the edge

sarah

hove

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I would buy this grass again if need be.

5

This grass gives great structure to an otherwise unusable area beneath a tree. It's evergreen so when the rest of the garden looks sorry for itself during the winter months, this grass shines.

2sticks

Somerset

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Colourful grasses

5

Our 5 x 1m grasses bed needed colour and statement to enhance the space and these are perfect. Sofar have withstood, drought, cold and the mad westerlies we have here

Ryedalers

Malton

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Highly recommend

5

Looks fantastic in our courtyard garden

Sam

Bristol

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Very satisfied

5

X3 in a large pot, good effect

Rita

Long Eaton Notttinghamshire

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Fabulous plant, excellent for dry shade

5

In a shady border with tall perennials

Helleborus

Cambridge

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Would definitely buy again

5

Used this in amongst a collection of Carex grass and it has added a new dimension to the corner garden area.

Maz

Blackpool

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Good colour all year

5

Planted a group of these grasses with Cornus alba 'Sibirica' in a sunny border. This gives summer and winter interest. Very colourful soft grasses. Beautiful in the autumn and winter when the sunlight shines through.

LYD

Ingatestone, Essex

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Good in its second year...

4

I planted this last summer and it didn't really do anything, just became brown leafed and faded back into the ground within a couple of months. I dug up what was left of it below ground this spring and replanted it somewhere a bit sunnier, not expecting anything to happen. In fact, it has surprised me, with really strong and healthy regrowth, although it does seem a bit of a slower grower overall than other grasses. The regrowth is all green so am hoping it will pick up some colour later in the season.

Deltamae

London

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Attractive and architectural

5

Attractive all year round and easy to care for. I initially bought it to mask an unsightly compressor for my septic tank! I liked the plant so much that I have used it in other areas of the garden to provide some architectural interest.

Elz

North East England

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How long will this grass take to reach 1m in height? Is it suitable for screening? Thanks

DigForFire

Hello, The growth rates of all plants is largely determined by external factors such as the availability of water, light and nutrients, so it is quite difficult to say with any accuracy. In good conditions however, they should reach their maximum height of around 1m in a couple of years - and then they will start to fill out. As for screening, yes, they would make a lovely low screen.

Helen

I want to plantAnemanthele lessoniana in a planter 60cm x 100cm would 1 need 2 or 3 plants?

Absolute beginner

Hello, It really depends on what type of effect you are trying to create and how impatient you are. Personally, I like things densely planted, so I would opt for 3 or even 5 plants.

Helen

I planted a few clumps of these in early summer this year in full sun. They've grown well but look very dull and uninteresting - little or no colour. I'm thinking of pulling a few out; should I persevere and do they colour more with age?

clarachuff

Hello, I would definitely persevere as the yellow-orange colour tends to intensify as the temperatures drop, so I would wait and see what happens over the coming months

Helen

I am looking for a finishing touch on the tail of my topiary lion, tail itself (box) about 12inches high.. Would this be good or can you suggest some other grass. Located in shade receiving some sun.

Gabbs

Hello, Ideally I would try to fashion a tail out of the topiary itself, however if you want a grassy tail, then this Luzula nivea is more compact and is better suited to shadier spots - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/luzula-nivea/classid.2002/

Helen

Is this grass suitable for planting next to a pond with a pond liner, or is there a danger that the roots will penetrate the liner (as bamboo sometimes does)?

pondlover

Hello, The roots of this grass are not particularly invasive, so it should be fine - just keep in mind it does spread to around a metre though, so don't plant it too closely.

Helen

What is the height and spread of pheasants tail grass when mature?

Kentdan

Hello there This grass can grow to 1m x 1m eventually. Hope this helps

I have a 3m long small planter which is only 16cm square in diameter. I wanted to grow a grass all the way along it, would this one survive in cramped conditions? Or which one would you recommend? Many thanks

susie

Hello, 16cm is pretty narrow, and I think ultimately it is going to be too small for the Anemanthele. A better option would be Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', but even this might start to feel the pinch eventually - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/carex-oshimensis-evergold/classid.2000011918/

Helen

can you tell me what works well with this grass? SWest facing garden, loamy soil thank you

LeNotre

Hello, I would suggest any of the following... Aquilegia Ruby Port http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/aquilegia-vulgaris-var-stellata-ruby-port/classid.2000013197/ Astrantia major Clater http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/astrantia-major-claret/classid.2596/ Verbena hastata Rosea http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/verbena-hastata-rosea/classid.2000006787/ Salvia Purple Rain http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/salvia-verticillata-purple-rain/classid.2000010009/

Helen

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, Kelly

kelly mackenzie

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 Doctor

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Trimming Anemanthele lessoniana Hi, Could you tell me if and when I should trim Anemanthele lessoniana (pheasant tail grass)? Regards Nigel.

Nigel Grange

Hello Nigel, In spring, you can tease out any dead foliage in your Anemanthele by gently running your fingers through it as if it were hair. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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