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Stipa splendens

Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Cream Flowers (Summer late), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Stipa splendens - 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 splendens:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • 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 splendens:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

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View other grasses with cream flowers, or grasses with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Stypa, Stiper, Styper

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