Stipa tenuissima is known by numerous names including: Mexican feather grass; Pony tail grass or Texas needle grass is a deciduous grass, growing up to 60cm native to the southern USA and Central America. It is excellent for pairing with most, if not any of our perennials, so please do check out our perennial page and is suitable for prairie planting. An alternative to this is Stipa arundinacea (Anemanthele lessoniana) as the industry is very short of these this year.
Stipa tenuissima has a fountain like structure and is exceptionally low maintenance and easy to grow. It grows well in any free draining soil and prefers full sun but can survive will tolerate a little shade. It has an RHS hardiness rating of H4 meaning it can survive temperatures -10C to -5C.
Stipa tenuissima is useful in Architectural, city, court yard; cottage and informal gardens and low maintenance gardens and flower borders and beds.
When cutting it back it is often best to wait until spring as the old foliage offers protection.
It is generally disease and pest free.
Ultimate height and spread
- 60cm wide
- 60cm high
- RHS hardiness rating of H4 meaning it can survive temperatures -10C to -5C.
- Court yard
- Cottage and informal gardens
- Low maintenance gardens
- Flower borders and beds.
- Prairie planting
- Full sun to partial shade
Buying a plant
When buying a plants it is important to know the different forms that they can come in. For more information visit our page on Bare root, root ball, potted plants.
When purchasing plants, it is essential to plant them properly to ensure they survive. For more information on planting visit our Planting page.