Nasella tennuissima

Mexican Feather Grass
STIPA TENUISSIMA
PONY TAILS

Stipa tennuissima


Semi-evergreen Grass / Grass-Like, Perennial

Mexican Feather Grass is a flowing and feathery evergreen ornamental grass with a deceptively delicate appearance. It is very drought tolerant and easy to grow. Can be invasive in some situations, particularly in warmer climates, so watch carefully and remove unwanted seedlings. Cut back hard after flowering to reduce self-seeding. (aka Stipa tennuissima)

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Part Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional

Description

Size: 18 - 24 tall x 12 - 18 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Airy / Frothy, Flowing / Movement, Grass-like

Features: Attractive Foliage, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Ivory / Cream
Fall Color: Bronze / Copper, Brown / Chocolate

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream
Bloom Season: Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Container, Erosion Control, Groundcover, Hell Strip, Lawn Alternative, Mixed Border, Naturalize
Special Situations: Low Water / No Water, Reflected Heat
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Naturalizes, Potentially Invasive, Re-seeds in some conditions

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium



Plant Combos

Drought Tolerant Perennial Combo for Full Sun

Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat
Zone: 8, 9, 10

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Drought Tolerant Perennial Combo with Chocolate Colored Blooms

Focus: Color Theme, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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Plant Combo for Full Sun Hellstrip Garden

Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Part Sun, Reflected Heat
Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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Meadow of Flowing Grasses and Summer Blooming Perennials

Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Native and Habitat
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat
Zone: 7, 8, 9

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