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Grass (Stipa tenuissima)

Genus: Stipa.

Species: Stipa tenuissima.

July 2010. 10 seedlings from eBay

Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Height: 60cm
Spread: 30cm
Time to divide plants: April to June

A neat, compact, perennial grass, this has lots of close-packed, stiff, thread-like stems forming a strongly horizontal shape about 60cm (2ft) tall. In summer, plants are covered with masses of elegant pale feathery seed-heads which are held a little above the foliage. These can be cut and dried when first opened for use in winter arrangements indoors. Alternatively they make a useful winter food source for finches and other seed-eating birds. Plants like a sunny well-drained spot and associate well with compact alstroemerias, rock plants and other grasses that enjoy similar growing conditions. To propagate, divide plants from mid-spring to early summer.

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