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Stipa lessingiana

Siberian Steppe Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

STIPA

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 lessingiana

Native to Turkey, the Caucasus, Siberia, and China. Wispy clump of arching, fine-textured bright green leaves grows 18–30 in. tall and 20 in. wide. Open, airy sheaves of creamy flowers bloom in early summer, last into winter. Takes heat and drought but best with moderate water. Great in containers.

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