Giant Feather Grass
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 and the highly ornamental Mexican feather grass.
Native to Spain, Portugal, Morocco. Narrow, arching, evergreen leaves form a clump 2 to 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.
From Japan. This aggressively running bamboo grows to 4 ft. tall, with 1/2-in. stems. Green leaves hav...
Native to China, Japan, and Korea. Grows to 6–10 ft. tall when controlled, to 18 ft. tall when a...
From China. Grows to 15–20 ft. tall, but can be held to 4–8 ft. New culms emerge green, bu...