Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stipa tenuissima, Mexican Feather Grass

Nassella tenuissima syn Stipa tenuissima

Mexican Feather grass made a brief appearance in gardens and nurseries here over ten years ago, until it was discovered that it had enormous weed potential. It was withdrawn from sale never to be seen again. I took this photo in Wisley Gardens in the UK where it remains a popular garden plant given its tolerance of cold conditions (minus 15C). It has incredibly soft flowing seed heads in summer and these move in the slightest breeze.
It is native to Mexico, New Mexico and Texas.

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