One of the most versatile grasses in stock at Hopes Grove Nurseries, dramatic without being too large which can be a very useful combination particularly for smaller gardens.
Stipa calamagrostis develops into an arching mound of blue-green foliage, topped in the summer months by fluffy purple tinted silvery flowerheads that mature to an attractive buff colour. In a mixed border this grass will certainly stand out, perfect for softening the harder lines in the garden and great mixed with other ornamental grasses of different shaped, sizes and colours.
Any well drained soil, best in full sun.
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Stipa calamagrostis is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Stipa calamagrostis
Position: Full Sun
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 100cm x 100cm.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.