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Some of the best known grasses are in this family but there are lots of others too. Drained soil in sun suits most of them. Many with fine airy foliage and flowers all summer.

Stipa is a family which is in the process of being revised somewhat so many familar Stipa are being (or have already been) moved to other families.  If you can't find the Stipa you want here try searching (top right of the page) for : Anemanthele, Calamagrostis and Nasella.  We haven't moved them all yet but will do so in time.

Many Stipa come from arid, open steppes and accordingly require full sun and well drained soil without too much fertility.  The usualy cause of Stipa failing or flopping is too much moisture or food - or both!

A number of species will self-seed quite a bit but don't remove all of the seedlings as the parent plants will need to be replaced after a few years so having a ready supply of replacements is handy.  Some species, like Stipa gigantea, tend not to seed much though they are also much longer lived.

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Stipa calamagrostis

Stipa calamagrostis£3.50

Clumps of upright stems with mid green leaves to 90cm. Topped with soft plumes of feathery golden buff flowers in late summer. Best in good, drained soil in full sun. (syn. Acnatherum c.)

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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea£6.00

Giant Feather Grass. The largest early flowering grass we grow. Rich bronze oat-like flowers up to 25cm long and 2m tall. A superb specimen plant and very drought tolerant.

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Stipa gigantea 'Gold Fontaene'

Stipa gigantea 'Gold Fontaene'£6.50

A selection from Ernst Pagels with larger bronze-gold panicles up to 50cm long on 2.5m tall stems. Rather more imposing than the species. Can reflower in autumn. Drained soil in sun.

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Stipa lessingiana

Stipa lessingiana£3.00

Clumps of very fine bright green leaves and wispy pale buff flowers in summer to 70cm. Hardier and a little bigger than the well known Stipa tenuissima. Drained soil in sun.

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Stipa pseudoichu£3.50

Slow growing clumps of upright foliage to 80cm and tall arching stems topped with silvery plumes to 1.8m in summer. Average soil in sun.

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Stipa pulcherrima£4.00

This species primarily gorwn for it's very long fluffy awns from the flowers in summer. Neat clumps of fine foliage and the flowers up to 50cm. Drained soil in full sun.

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Stipa tenuissima

Stipa tenuissima£3.50

Hair-like bright green foliage to 40cm. the flowers fountain up and form a light layer of wispy hair-like material over the top of the foliage. Absolutely stunning. 70cm. Drained soil in sun.

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