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Giant Needle Grass Celtica gigantea

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
KELTĀ·ic-ah jy-GAN-tee-uh
Description

Giant feather grass is an ornamental bunchgrass in the Poaceae family, native to southern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, and northern Africa. When the wind blows through the leaves the shimmer sound resembles sea waves. Giant feather grass was formerly known as Stipa gigantea.

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Summer, June-September

Play Value: Wind-Shimmer & Sound; Wildlife Enhancement 

Seed: Grain 

Form: Dense clumps

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#semi-evergreen#playground#children's garden#shimmer#screening
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#semi-evergreen#playground#children's garden#shimmer#screening
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Celtica
    Species:
    gigantea
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Iberian Peninsula, Morocco
    Play Value:
    Screening
    Wind Shimmer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Seed is a grain type.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought