The species of this widely distributed genus of cool season grasses are evergreen in milder climates. All are clump forming and most relish well-drained soil and low humidity. Perfect for cut arrangements, the flowers shimmer in morning and end-of-the-day light, and in the breezes of any hour.
Like a fountain, the green, bronze and golden narrow blades are upright and arching. Slightly dry soils will intensify the copper tones of this graceful, clumping evergreen Stipa. While grown mostly for its delightful form and color, the subtle inflorescences appear as a fine mist, tinged with small purple and golden seed capsules known as awns.
Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.
Native to Africa and southwestern Europe, this magnificent grass hoists 7 ft. tall, bamboo-like jointed stalks crowned with airy 10 in. panicles of oat-like flowers that emerge as purple-on-green, then ripen to pale metallic gold. The unforgettable floral display continues all fall above a dense fluid-looking 2 ft. hummock defined by tidy narrow green blades. Position Giant Feather Grass so it can be backlit, and a stunning effect is yours for the viewing.
Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 7.
From Peru’s grasslands and rocky plains, this evergreen bunching grass rallies both durability and finesse. Ultrathin bright green blades grow in an upright fashion and sport rolled edges coupled with toasty amber fall hues. Swaying just above the fine-cut tuft, a glimmering feather-like array of long, silken silvery-green plumes appears in early summer and later broadcasts golden tones once mature. Undaunted by deer, heat, coastal sites and dry conditions, Peruvian Feather Grass is tailor-made for slopes, erosion control, massed plantings and mixed borders, as well as containers. Sunshine, superb drainage, protection from winter cold plus fertile soil ensure its good fortune.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.
Hailing from Down Under, Australia’s ‘Pillar of Smoke’ explodes with 6 to 8 in. whorl-branched panicles of silky copper-colored flowers that age to a smoky silver. The amazing floral plumes are held on sturdy, jointed stems amidst towering clumps of bright green foliage.
Undaunted by wind, poor soils and some drought, this strong-growing, cool season evergreen is perfect for southern and western gardens, as well as coastal sites.
Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 9.