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Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass, Stipa Grass)

Nassella tenuissima
Mexican Feather Grass, Stipa Grass

This fast-growing little grass is native to New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and Argentina, at elevations from 5000 to 7000 feet. Light breezes turn this fine-textured and billowy grass into living sculpture. Mexican feather grass forms a clump of chartreuse thread-like leaves and stems which turns gold in the winter. It is fairly short-lived, but naturalizes in the landscape. These can be invasive in wetter landscapes. Plant in full sun to part shade and provide excellent drainage. Cut back in early spring to remove dormant foliage and dried seed heads.

Plant Type Native, Grass, Ornamental Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Low, Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 6 (-10° F)
Flower Color Green
Flower Season Late Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 1' - 2' (ft)
Spread 1' - 2' (ft)
Spacing 12" - 24" (in)
Characteristics Plant of Merit
Attracts Birds
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rabbit
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: Proven Winners

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