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Stipa

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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Nassella cernua

Nassella cernua£3.50

Neat clumps of fine, bright green foliage and arching stems of long awned golden green flowers in summer. Drained soil in full sun. 30cm.


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Nassella trichotoma 'Palomino'

Nassella trichotoma 'Palomino'£4.00

Very fine hair-like green foliage that tries to be evergreen. Clouds of light sandy flowers in summer to 40cm until the stems extend and the flower trail around the plant. Full sun and well drained soil. Perennial grass from Chile.


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Stipa capillata

Stipa capillata£4.00

Neat clumps of fine green foliage and slender stems to 75cm topped with clusters of long awned golden flowers in summer. Drained soil in full sun.


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Stipa extremiorientalis

Stipa extremiorientalis£4.00

Tight clumps of broad, pale green leaves and tall, arching stems bearing spikes of awned yellow-green flowers in late summer to 1.5m. Ordinary soil in sun or part shade.


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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea£6.50

AGM Golden Oats. 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'£7.50

AGM 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 gigantea 'Pixie'

Stipa gigantea 'Pixie'£8.50

The true dwarf form of Golden Oats grows like a perfect miniature of the well loved favourite to only 1.2m. Beware imposters! Full sun and well drained soil.


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Stipa lessingiana

Stipa lessingiana£4.00

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

Stipa pseudoichu£4.00

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 robusta

Stipa robusta£4.00

Tight clumps of fresh green leaves and taller, arching stems topped with bristly coppery brown flowers followed by tawny seedheads to 1.2m. Drained soil in sun.


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