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Pony Tails Mexican Feather Grass Plants (Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails)Pony Tails Mexican Feather Grass Plants (Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails)Pony Tails Mexican Feather Grass Plants (Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails)Pony Tails Mexican Feather Grass Plants (Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails)

Pony Tails Mexican Feather Grass Plants

Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

The details

Stipa tenuissima

  • Semi-evergreen grass
  • Clump forming
  • Silky flowers mature to white-gold
  • Looks great planted en masse
  • Grows upright in full sun
  • To 75cm x 50cm
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Description

Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails' Mexican Feather Grass - 2 Litre Pot-Grown Plants

A wonderfully graceful ornamental grass with silvery green leaves and strikingly silky flowers, starting off green in July and maturing into a pale gold. Perfect for planting en masse to add movement and texture to any garden.

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Features

  • Semi-evergreen grass
  • Clump forming
  • Silky flowers mature to white-gold
  • Looks great planted en masse
  • Grows upright in full sun
  • To 75cm x 50cm

Growing 'Pony Tails' Mexican Feather Grass

Grasses are tough and with a little help will establish almost anywhere there is some soil, so be brave with them as rockery features. Their favourite soil is fertile, moist and well drained, and full sun brings out their most upright habit. Plants grown in partial shade are fine, except they tend to flop.

They come into growth early in Spring: be sure to cut them during January so that you don't cut off new growth with the old stuff.

Because they grow back quite slowly, a lot of people do not cut them back much, and "hand rake" through the tufts to remove all the old growth that will come out easily, then wind the whole tuft into a ponytail and only cut off the last 20cm or so to tidy it.

As plants mature, their clumps form rings that die in the centre. Divide these as necessary.

In Your Garden Design

This is such a tactile looking plant (one wants to run one’s fingers through the fluffy plumes) that it adds an ethereal, dream-like quality to any planting scheme.

Perfect for a gravel garden and for lining a path on either side, or planted in a fashionable new perennial border teamed up with Verbena Bonariensis. We also like it peppered with the rounded mounds of allium combined with tall stems of Gladioli byzantinus. Salvia Caradonna is a good standout plant with it too.

Did You Know?

This species is still widely known by its old handle, Nassella tenuissima. Colloquially it is referred to as Mexican Feather Grass.

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