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Nassella tenuissima

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
nas-SEL-lah ten-yoo-ISS-ih-mah
Description

Dense green fountain of hair like leaves; delicate foliage that moves easily with wind; self-sows and spreads manageably.

Idea region: West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Drought Tolerant Rock Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#playground#children's garden#shimmer
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#playground#children's garden#shimmer
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nassella
    Species:
    tenuissima
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Central U.S.A. to Mexico and Argentina
    Play Value:
    Textural
    Wind Shimmer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Clumping
    Dense
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Description:
    Seed is in a grain form
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Silvery inflorescence summer to fall; becomes light straw color in fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dense green fountain of hair-like leaves; delicate foliage that moves easily with wind;
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Recreational Play Area
    Rock Wall
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Erosion
    Problems:
    Weedy