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Stipa tenuissima (Wavy Hair Grass, Stipa)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Cream Flowers (Summer late), Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Stipa tenuissima - 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 tenuissima:

  • 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 tenuissima:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot

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Common Missspellings: Stypa, Stiper, Styper

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