Stipa gigantea, otherwise known as Golden oats is a evergreen to semi evergreen grass, meaning it can lose some of its foliage in the winter. It is native to the grasslands of south-west Europe and North West Africa, forming clumps; making for a great architectural plant in winter when covered in frost If you have not seen this striking grass in summer, when you do, the name golden oats will become apparent, with its beautiful, oat like flower spikelets, branching outwards like a fountain reaching up to 2m in height. It has a RHS hardiness rating of H4 meaning it can tolerate temperatures of -10 to -5 meaning it is hardy throughout most places in the UK.
Stipa gigantea (Golden oats) loves to be sheltered in full sun and thrives in well drained soil. It is great for adding movement to the garden and is paired nicely with alliums.
Stipa gigantea is a low maintenance plant and generally disease and pest free. Simply remove dead foliage and old flowers in spring as it will protect the plant over the winter. Stop gigantic (Golden oats) does well in the middle or back of a border, mixed in with perennials. Do please feel free to have a look at our perennial page to help you with this.
Ultimate height and spread
- 2.5m high
- 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.
- Low maintenance
- Flower borders and beds.
- Full sun
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