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Stipa gigantea

Giant Feather Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants


These clump-forming grasses produce large, open, airy inflorescences that can add lightness and motion to the garden. The genus has undergone much revision by botanists, and some of its former members are now known by other names; see Nassella for descriptions of California native needle grasses.

Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea

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Stipa gigantea

Native to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Narrow, arching, evergreen leaves form a clump 2–3 ft. tall and slightly wider. Open, airy sheaves of yellowish flowers bloom in summer, forming a broad, shimmering cloud that rises 6 ft. tall and as wide or slightly wider. Little to moderate water.

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