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Stipa tenacissima

Previously known as:

  • Macrochloa tenacissima
  • Stipellula capensis
Phonetic Spelling
STEE-pah
Description

Cool-season grass; silver-green leaves.  A tufted clump with basil foliage.  It has a silvery-green inflorescence in early summer and fall. This plant is invasive in the State of California.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ponytails'
'Ponytails'
Tags:
#silver foliage#fall interest#ornamental grass#Cool season grass#clumping
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Ponytails'
'Ponytails'
Tags:
#silver foliage#fall interest#ornamental grass#Cool season grass#clumping
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stipa
    Species:
    tenacissima
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Argentina, Chili, Mexico, Texas
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Bears pale-yellow flowers that change to tan color heads in the late summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Hair like silver-green leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought