Common Name: Giant feather grass
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Time to divide plants: April to June
Flowering period: June to July
This is a very striking evergreen grass that forms a spiky clump of arching deep green foliage from which a huge sheaf of very long-stemmed, oat-like flower-heads erupts in mid-summer, up to 1.8m (6ft) high. When mature, these splay apart to make a wide fountain shape that almost hides the plant. The seed-heads dry out naturally on the plant and persist into early winter, where they make a good architectural feature, especially when outlined in frost. This is an excellent alternative to pampas grass as a lawn specimen in small gardens, and perfect in a border or a gravel garden. It is found growing wild in Spain and Portugal. To propagate, divide plants from mid-spring to early summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
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