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Stipa gigantea (Spanish Oat Grass, Stipa)

Stipa gigantea (Spanish Oat Grass, Stipa)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Stipa gigantea Description

The distinctive spiky clumps of the evergreen Oat Grass throw up masses of oat like plumes which last throughout the summer. This is a must for dry gardens - looking great as a naturalistic specimen in mid border or in a pot

Stipa gigantea - Cultivation Notes

This attractive fast growing grass will grow on most well drained soils, as long as they are not to fertile or moist. It is drought hardy, tolerating hot dry exposed areas, and hating wet soils or shade. Trim flower heads and dead material in winter / spring. Tolerates chalky and sandy soils. Plant in clumps and drifts to break up herbaceous planting and add late summer interest.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Stipa gigantea:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Stipa gigantea:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

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Common Missspellings: Stypa, Stiper, Styper

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