Stipa Tenuissima Pony Tails Grasses
Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails (Pony Tail Grass, Angel Hair)
This delightfully graceful grass forms narrow upright clumps of pale yellow-green leaves supporting delicate fluffy flowerheads, silver green at first and then maturing to a buff colour. These delicate flowers sway and float in the slightest breeze and just look magnificent mixed through a herbaceous border or prarie style flowerbed. This is a ‘must have’ for many garden designers and they feature regularly in Chelsea show gardens, also good for a large container.
Any well drained soil in full sun.
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Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails 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.
How to grow Stipa tenuissima Pony Tails
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: 60cm x 30cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established.