Stipa gigantea is a semi evergreen 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. Give the plants a tidy up in February or March before the new foliage emerges removing old and dead leaves taking care as the basal leaves may be sharp (and so gloves are advisable).

How to grow Stipa gigantea

Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Semi – evergreen grass, foliage dies down in colder winters, persists in milder winters.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: up to 200cm x 120cm
Hardiness:  Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established.