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"

Very attractive grass. Easy to grow.


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


St Albans


Beautiful and graceful addition to the garden


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



Love this plant


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



Excellant. As I would expect from Crocus


Used I my grass area.




Very pretty grass


Due to the hot dry summer I lifted it & grew it on in a pot in a sunny spot for ease of watering . It seemed very happy with pretty seedheads later on & put on reasonable growth. Will plant out again in the border this spring.

Granny flower



Beautiful grass


This is a beautiful grass. It has a variety of colours running throughout from cream through rust to dark brown interspersed with greens.




Pretty and seems very hardy.


I used it in a birder where I wanted something light and delicate looking. Now that it's survived a very cold wet winter in my heavy clay I might get a couple more.




Pale straw coloured fountains in Winter


Indispensable throughout the year and minimum maintenance




One of the specials in my garden.


This plant is lovely. It provides interest all year round. It has a delicate look about it, but requires little maintenance.




Gorgeous grass


The best grass for movement and texture at the front of a border. It likes FULL SUN. Grow it out of the sun, and in a border that is too crowded and it will sulk. It can get a bit scruffy, especially after a period of heavy rain, but cutting it back in early spring (beginning of March) will encourage new growth and get rid of the matted stems. This also makes room for spring bulbs such as daffodils or tulips which look lovely planted among the grasses.

Awkward Hill



Stipa tenuissima

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


Is stipa tenuissima self-seeding / invasive?


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.


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?


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.


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

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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?

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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 any of the Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Stipa tenuissima any of the Eryngiums any of the Sedum spectabile any of the Bergenias Erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine Convolvulus cneorum Phlomis italica Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group Festuca glauca



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