Stipa tenuissima

pony tails or angel hair ( syn. Stipa tenuifolia )

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Buy Stipa tenuissima pony tails or angel hair ( syn. Stipa tenuifolia ): Wonderful, wispy, pale yellow-green leaves topped with fluffy plumes

This grass is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its foliage in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose it all, but 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 semi-evergreen 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: Wearing gloves, comb through the plant in early spring to remove dead foliage.

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Looks lovely with the sun shining though it

5

I put this grass in a prairie planting scheme with allium and ox eye daisies growing though it - looks lovely

Kathy B

Norfolk

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yes, I will buy it again

5

Beautiful grass - bulks up quickly and gives a brilliant swaying effect. Sadly, it is so soft the foxes love to make their bed in it, squashing it. Needs combing.

Anna

near Brighton

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Beautiful in the breeze

5

We have Tenuissima in three containers infront of a wall of ivy where they move beautifully in the wind in all directions. It's very relaxing to sit next to and watch. The seed heads look beautiful now in August, beautiful red tones and I like how the grass is now arching but in the wind it creates a lovely shape.

Rachel Rock

Aberdeenshire

Lovely plants

5

Lovely, healthy plants. Growing well and look lovely. Can get very wet and plants tend to fall over, Just needs straightening or cutting back

Seventhbird

Brighton

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Lovely form and movement

4

I bought several, almost too thick in first year. I cut them down in spring, and I like how they've come back: thinner but better movement. Some have been a bit crowded out, need to move - I live and learn. Gorgeous to sit and watch them, very restful during these difficult pandemic days.

G Embra

Edinburgh

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Grasses

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Little slow to get going but probably due to small size. This season may see some improvement in growth.

Sammy

Cornwall

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Such good value grow so fast!

5

I brought these twice from crocus some for front and some for back the smaller ones early in years buy august doubled in size. Love them paired with alliums and sea holly.

Murphy J

Warwickshire

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Good in drifts

5

I first planted 9 of these randomly in a bed with Ragged Robin, salvia and Gaura but it didn't really work - I replanted them in the Autumn adjacent to each other in a drift across the bed and they already look much better, especially when the breeze blows all the leaves in the same direction. Interesting to look at even in the winter. They self seed so you can pot up extra plants.

DW

Derbyshire

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SURPRISINGLY LOVELY AND A BIT DIFFERENT

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LOOKS LOVELY MOVING IN THE WIND AND CONTRASTS WONDERFULLY WITH OTHER THINGS IN THE GARDEN

SHRUBBY

WALES

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Superb Versatile Lovely Grass

5

Superb plants cannot praise them enough

Happy Horserider

Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Will this grow well in an area that only gets morning sun?

Hants56

This plant prefers full sun but you could purchase one as a trial and see how it goes?

Andy

How do I trim these at the end of a season

Grandmatokatie

Hi Grandmatokatie, Wait until next year as they look great over winter and the seeds can provide food for birds. Once you see green fresh growth appearing, then cut these back. Cut them back to the 'crown' of the grass, so not flush but back to the main section of the plant where growth emerges.

Andy

Can these be grown in containers, and if so, is there a specific compost you would recommend?

NikkiMac

Yes you could grow these in containers. I'd suggest a free draining compost because if these plants become waterlogged they are prone to basal rot. I would suggest a peat-free, soil based compost such as Sylvagrow peat-free multipurpose compost with added John Innes. Alternatively, to save cost, an adequate homemade potting media can be made from a mixture of two-parts good garden soil to one-part garden compost. Add a general-purpose fertiliser at the manufacturers' rates.

Andy

When can I move the grass to a different area please? Autumn or winter or spring?

Jarvis

Hello, Ideally this should be tackled in early spring.

Helen

Hi - I'm planting up a new garden and including some grasses. Someone has mentioned to me that some varieties are better planted in the autumn and others are better planted in the Spring. I've selected: Stipa tenuissima Calamagrostis x acutiflora Miscanthus sinensis Stipa gigtantea Deschampsia cespitosa Could you tell me when I should plant what. Thank you very much

Sox

Hello, All these grasses are fully hardy so wont be put off by the cold weather. The Miscanthus and the Stipa however prefer a well drained soil,. Therefore if your soil is heavy and remains waterlogged for any length of time in winter, then these are best planted in Spring.

helen

Hi.I have a few questions in regards to this plant as Im complete newbie to gardening. I understand that this plant grows 30cm wide so the spacing between planted plants should be 30cm but can I plant them closer to eqch other to create fuller coverage? Also what is the difference between 9cm pot and 2 litre one in terms of the plant size? Can I plant 9cm pot plant directly into soil upon receiving them or shall I wait for plants to develop a bit more.? Thanks Michael

Michael

Hello there Yes you can plant them closer together,- it depends on the look you are wanting to create. If you wanted the plants to grow into each other, then plant then a bit closer, but this stipa looks lovely planted further apart so the soft plumes can cascade and billow in a breeze. The 9cm plant is a younger plant, so the rootball will be smaller than a 2lt plant, but the 9cm plant can be planted directly out into the garden now. Hope this helps.

How tall does this plant get?

Sue

Hello, This very beautiful grass will get to around 60cm tall and 30cm wide.

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