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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Hardier than believed to be, enthusiastic self-sower


This is a stalwart in our exposed, wet garden. All year round interest and complements almost any other plant. Cons: self sows rather too well for us, so lots of seedling removal in spring / summer; and it transplants not too reliably, so you may have to accept where it wants to grow!

Lawson Park Head Gardener

Lake District


A new favourite


Fast growing to a fountain of full lush foliage. I purchased last summer and planted six in the ground in two groups of three, and bought more for pots. I have purchased many, many grasses over the years and this one just bursts with vigour, providing year round interest.




Excellent plants and service


The plants were in excellent condition and have over-sintered very well.




Lovely grass


Looks great




Great product


Delighted with these healthy, strong plants. Perfect for our new-build garden. Adding these for structure and year round colour has helped to give the new bed some structure and movement.




It was easy to grow, looks architecturally pretty.


Planted it tall pot for my patio. Just what I wanted




Crocus never disappoints - this is a great success


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




I would buy this grass again if need be.


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.




Colourful grasses


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




Highly recommend


Looks fantastic in our courtyard garden





4.8 25


Will this grass grow in clay soil


Yes, provided it is not too heavy or wet for any length of time, this plant will be fine in a clay-based soil.


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


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.


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.


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?


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


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.


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.


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)?


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.


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


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


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.


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


Hello, I would suggest any of the following... Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia major Clater Verbena hastata Rosea Salvia Purple Rain


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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