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Mexican Feather Grass

Nassella tenuissima (= Stipa tenuissima)

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Mexican Feather Grass

Nassella tenuissima (= Stipa tenuissima)

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Deer Resistant
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Botanical Name

Nassella tenuissima (= Stipa tenuissima)

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Mexican Feather Grass has the finest foliage of any ornamental grass. It forms soft plumes of hair-like silvery-green leaves, that sway gracefully in the slightest breeze. This grass grows a little over 2 feet tall and has feathery beige sprays of seed-heads from mid-summer into winter. It looks especially beautiful in fall, and it fits well with fall-blooming plants. It grows from Zone 6 and warmer, thriving in full sun, and even in poor, dry soils. This is the ideal choice for low-maintenance gardens, and natural cottage gardens too. It looks perfect in containers and pots, with or without flowers added. There is a calming beauty about grasses that is relaxing to look at, even in the simplest planting arrangement. Plant this grass in clumps or drifts and watch it sway and billow in the breeze, like ocean waves.

  • Fine, silver-green, hair-like foliage
  • Beautiful swaying plumes of feathery leaves and flowers
  • Tough and drought-resistant
  • Grows well in poor soils
  • Rabbit and deer-proof

You can easily grow Mexican Feather Grass in any sunny spot. It prefers drier, well-drained soils, including sandy soil, and it is easy to care for – just trim back to a couple of inches tall in early spring, before new growth begins. It is not eaten by rabbits or deer, so you can grow it at a cottage, or in any natural style of garden. It has no pests or diseases either. In Zones 9 and 10 this grass has been known to invade natural areas and pastureland, so grow instead Dwarf Fountain Grass.

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