Anemanthele lessoniana

pheasant's tail grass ( syn. Stipa arundinacea )

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2 litre pot £18.99
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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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Notes on Anemanthele lessoniana

"The tightly tufted New Zealand wind grass plays in the breeze like a fibre-optic lamp and the flowerheads swoon as they collect the morning dew"

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Pretty grass


It has done really well in a dry & shady bed,




Lovely healthy plant


Lovely healthy plant Wish I'd ordered a few more


South Coast


Stipa Arundacia ( was my order )


Very impressed with packaging of quite difficult plants. Excellent quality and growing away merrily.




I love this plant. I does more than I expected


I really love this plant. It does more for my garden than I had hoped, so now I'm going to get two more,

Aged Stella



Excellent plant delivered in excellent condition


This grass is planted in a pot, in a sheltered London garden that has little bright light, but where I wanted plants with some movement. So far it's survived the winter well and has attractive mixed colouring. Lovely!






This has looked amazing in a difficult border along with some of the other plants recommended to go with it. Beautiful in the breeze!


Peak District


Delivery on time, plants very healthy


Used in a bank that is on the north side of an orchard




Lovely colourful grass - would definitely buy again


This is a lovely colourful grass that has settled in well and bulked up beautifully.






To add a bit of cover on a small north facing balcony I decided to go for grasses instead of plants. This little beauty has taken to the spot with vigour and was has provided a strong gorgeous backdrop against the glass. Other grasses I bought at the same time have taken a bit more time to get settled but these have thrived from the start.




A great all-purpose grass


This is a fabulous grass, which in summer produces a fountain of stems with feathery flowers. It will perform better out of direct sun, and will do quite well in shade, where its leaves remain olive and russet, rather than bleaching out to a straw colour. It will provide texture and movement all year round, but I like to cut mine down in early March to encourage new growth. Wonderful with late-summer perennials such as rudbeckia, asters and eupatorium.

Awkward Hill




4.8 12


Does not seem to have grown since I bought it in June, the other 2 grasses I bought have romped away,is this a slow grower?


I would not describe this as being particularly slow-growing, however it may be concentrating on putting on new root growth rather than top growth (which ultimately is not a bad thing), or there may be too much competition from surrounding plants for the available water, light an nutrients.


I would not describe this as a slow-grower, but it may be concentrating on putting on root growth rather than top growth (which is no bad thing), or it may have too much competition for water, light and nutrients from surrounding plants.


Hi. Would this be suitable for growing in a container on a balcony. The balcony is south facing, open and can get pretty windy. Alternatively can you suggest something similar that might be suitable? It would need to be suitable for container growing, full sun and wind. I'm looking for something that will grow quite tall and not shed lots of leaves etc so I thought an ornamental grass might be a good idea.


Hello there This grass is one of the best for tolerating windy conditions, and it likes sun so it should be fine. Hope this helps.

I've got three Anemanthele lessoniana interplanting a Mahonia Winter Sun and a couple of Rosa Tuscany Superb. This is the borders second season and the roses and mahonia are being swamped by the grass. The mahonia will pull through and shortly outstrip the grass plants but I fear the roses won't. Can you recommend an alternative grass of similar habit and colours but of smaller stature that might be used instead of the pheasant's tail?


Hello, I cannot think of anything suitable that will have the same colouring, but perhaps the following are worth considering. Luzula nivea Hakonechloa macra Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea'


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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