Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: June 15, 2006
Mexican Feather Grass
Nassella tenuissima (Stipa tenuissima)
Mexican feather grass can be planted as a specimen or massed together for a soft touch.
The blades of this grass will move in the slightest breeze lending a gentle motion
to the garden.
Plant Mexican feather grass in full sun and well-drained soil. It will die if overwatered or
planted in poorly draining soil (such as clay).
It's a wonderful choice for a rock garden, xeric landscape,
perennial bed or meadow. Its small size (2x2) makes it extremely versatile and easily
incorporated into any garden.
Mix Mexican feather grass with other drought-tolerant, sun-loving plants
especially those with bold foliage or large flowers such
as Autumn Joy Sedum, Black-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower. It
also makes a fine container plant. Deer resistant.
Although, the plant has been reported to be somewhat prolific from seed, I've yet to see that
behavior in the three years I've had it. I suspect in warmer and drier climates, it may
spread happily by seed.
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