Native to New Zealand, Stipa arundinacea (Anemanthele lessoniana) has an abundance of names (it is almost endless). These include: pheasant grass, New Zealand wind grass and Oryzopsis lessoniana. It is a beautiful, clump forming grass with leaves flowing out like water from a fountain. During summer, these leaves tinge, to a reddish orange, producing red-brown flowers in the autumn; supplying interest throughout the year.
Due to Stipa arundinacea’s (Anemanthele lessoniana’s) long, free flowing leaves and structure, it is great for supplying movement in the garden, sweeping from side to side in the wind, making it perfect for swathe or prairie planting. It looks great paired with a few perennials mixed in, so feel free to visit our perennial page.
Stipa arundinacea (Anemanthele lessoniana) thrives in well drained soil and full sun but can easily tolerate partial shade and heavier soils. It is fairly hardy, with a RHS rating of H4, meaning it can tolerate temperatures of -10 to -5 meaning it is hardy throughout most places in the UK.
Stipa arundinacea (Anemanthele lessoniana) is low maintenance, which in my opinion, makes it even better. I personally brand the low maintenance garden as an efficient garden. Just simply remove/comb out the dead leaves in spring as they supply protection over the winter.
Ultimate height and spread
- 0.5-1m high
- 1-1.5m wide
- RHS hardiness rating of H4 meaning it can tolerate temperatures of -10 to -5 meaning it is hardy throughout most places in the UK.
- City courtyard
- Cottage and informal gardens
- Prairie planting
- Flower borders and beds
- Garden edging
- Full sun to partial
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