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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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Nasella charruana

Nasella charruana£4.50

An attractive clump forming grass from south America with rich green, narrow, leaves and arching stems holding clusters of red-tinted flowers all summer. Drained soil in sun. 60cm.


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Nassella trichotoma 'Palomino'

Nassella trichotoma 'Palomino'£4.50

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 pseudoichu

Stipa pseudoichu£5.00

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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Stipa splendens Trin.

Stipa splendens Trin.£4.50

Evergreen clumps of grassy foliage to 50cm and tall, upright airy flowers in early summer to 2m or more. Drained soil in full sun.


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