3 Mexican Feather Pony Tails Grasses
Stipa tenuissima. Mexican Feather Pony Tails Grasses.
A neat, compact, perennial grass, this has lots of close-packed, stiff, thread-like stems forming a strongly horizontal shape about 60cm (2ft) tall.
In summer, plants are covered with masses of elegant pale feathery seed-heads which are held a little above the foliage.
These can be cut and dried when first opened for use in winter arrangements indoors. Alternatively they make a useful winter food source for finches and other seed-eating birds.
Plants like a sunny well-drained spot and associate well with rock plants and other grasses that enjoy similar growing conditions.
Cultivation: Grow in medium to light, moderately fertile soil in full sun.
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Architectural, City / Courtyard Gardens, Cottage / Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance.