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Stipa tenuissima

stipa ( syn. Stipa tenuifolia )

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Buy Stipa tenuissima stipa ( syn. Stipa tenuifolia ): Lovely architectural Grass

This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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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Notes on Stipa tenuissima

"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"

Healthy Grass

5

I have booked two dresses at opposite ends of a bed. The glasses look really healthy and are shaped nicely. They require no attention, and Frame the bed really well.

Chris Grasses

Lancs

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Good high quality product, great service

5

Good, high quality product, well packed and good service/delivery

Alice

Somerset

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lovely grass!

5

waiting for Spring ........

Ali

Cambridge

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Healthy plants

4

I think I chose a spot that was too shaded and this has caused them to grow quite slowly, but they are healthy and look lovely despite this. I plan to move them to a sunnier spot in the spring and hopefully they will be happier there.

Julie

London

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Excellent grasses which I would recommend to other people

5

I used three of these grasses to go into a small gravel garden area, so as they would spray over onto some stepping stones. They arrived in excellent condition and have matured into very nice robust grasses.

Richard

Kent

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Excellent service, plant arrived in good condition

5

Planted in a pot on patio

Vw

Shropshire

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Very attractive grass. Easy to grow.

5

Planted in a large container on the patio. Looks lovely when it moves in the wind.

Caza

St Albans

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Beautiful and graceful addition to the garden

5

I have a contemporary style house/garden. I have planted three of these in three identical, grey containers and since Spring to now (November) they have stylishly enhanced the garden. They blow gently on the wind, creating form and structure. A major asset in the garden.

Cotswold contemporary

Gloucestershire

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Love this plant

5

Bought last year so has only had one season but it was spectacular through the summer and the seed heads have been attractive all winter. Put in a raised bed and it arched beautifully over the edge. Hope it is as good this year.

dog lady

Lancashire

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Excellant. As I would expect from Crocus

5

Used I my grass area.

Winks

Ipswich

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Hi can I plant stipa out now in July.? Thanks Sara

sara

Hello, Yes, these plants are fully hardy, so should be outside in the garden throughout the year. If planting in summer, then the only thing you need to keep in mind is that they will need lots of water in the high temperatures.

Helen

Is stipa tenuissima self-seeding / invasive?

Clare

Hello, 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.

helen

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?

bunny

Hello, 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.

Helen

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 thanks

pauline webster

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 Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

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?

cristina.mures-rodriguez@hsbcib.com

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=10

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