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Stipa

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 are stunning in morning and end-of-the-day light, and in the breezes of any hour.

Stipa arundinacea (G-0077)

Each $8.50

AVAILABLE APRIL 2020

<i>Stipa arundinacea</i>

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.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Stipa gigantea</i>

Native to Africa and southwestern Europe, this cool season grass boasts 7 ft. tall, jointed stalks, resembling lean bamboo, with airy 10 in. panicles of oat-like &#64258;owers that emerge as purple-on-green, then ripen to pale metallic gold. The unforgettable floral display continues all fall and looks fabulous in cut arrangements. Defined by tidy, narrow green blades, a dense fluid-looking 2 ft. hummock remains evergreen where winters are mild, and where summers are hot and humid, it favors sunny fast-draining sites. We recommend a gentle breeze and backlighting for full effect.

Blooms June–November

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Stipa ichu (G-0591)

Each $8.25

AVAILABLE SPRING 2020

From Peru’s grasslands and rocky plains, this evergreen bunching grass rallies both durability and grace. 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 spring 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. 

 

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

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.

Blooms February–September

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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