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Feather grass

Stipa tenuissima

Feather grass

Spangled with dew in the morning or after a light shower, the silvery flower panicles of feather grasses light up a garden. Fine-textured Mexican feather grass dances at the slightest puff of wind, providing movement like a billowing wave. The tall panicles of giant feather grass also catch the breeze and are so airy that they can be positioned in front of more substantial plants as a "see-through" companion. It may self-seed to the point of becoming a nuisance.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2 feet tall
Plant Width:
4 feet wide
Flower Color:
Yellow, tan, or green flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms early summer, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Winter Interest,Attracts Birds,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Plant It With
False sunflower

The yellow centered, cream daisies of false sunflower combine well with the fine texture of Mexican feather grass all summer in sunny borders.


The rather stiff purple stems with flattish heads of pink flowers of Matrona sedum play off well against delicate Mexican feather grass in sunny dry gardens.

Stoke's aster

The lavender blue, bachelors-button type flowers of Stoke's aster bloom over the same period as giant feather grass and they make fine companions.