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Mexican Feather Reed Grass

Nassella tenuissima

Mexican feather grass is the epitome of graceful motion. The softest breeze sends the delicate flower heads and thin leaves of this perennial grass into motion.

Growzone: 6-10

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Mexican Feather Reed Grasses for Sale Online

Mexican feather grass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima) is a swaying fine-textured clump-forming grass. The crisp green blades are arching and extremely narrow. Foliage can be semi-evergreen or deciduous depending on the climate. In summer narrow panicles of creamy long awned spikelets appear. By late summer or autumn, plants are crowned with buff-colored seedheads. This grass prospers in sunny sites with a wide variety of soils.

Native to North America, Mexican feather grass thrives in quick-draining, lean soil and is quite drought-tolerant.


Growing Zone: 6-10
Mature Height: 1 to 2 Feet
Mature Width: 1 to 1.5 Feet
Sunlight: Part sun to full sun
Water Requirements: Water well only until established
Selling Points: Heat and drought tolerant, deer resistant
Details: Tan flowers on thin, bright green foliage in late summer; moves in the slightest breeze
This Plants Growzone: 6-10 Mexican Feather Reed Grass Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Mexican Feather Reed Grass

Before you buy Mexican Feather Reed Grass, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I water Mexican Feather Reed Grass?

How do I water Mexican Feather Reed Grass?

Feather Reed Grass thrives in rich, moist soil and should be regularly watered. We recommend watering your plant once a week, but mature grass is rather drought-tolerant. Allow the top 3 inches of soil to dry before watering again. If you’re planting Mexican Feather Reed Grass in extreme heat, water your plant more frequently.

How do I fertilize Feather Reed Grass?

How do I fertilize Feather Reed Grass?

Mexican Feather Reed Grass thrives in low-fertilized soil. We recommend sparingly fertilizing this ornamental plant in early spring with a slow-releasing fertilizer.

What type of soil is best for Mexican Reed Grass?

What type of soil is best for Mexican Reed Grass?

We recommend planting your Feather Reed Grass in rich, moist soil for the best results. Although, this specific ornamental grass can grow in heavy clay soil. This plant naturally grows near ponds so it's important to keep that same environment.

How do I prune Feather Reed Grass?

How do I prune Feather Reed Grass?

We recommend that you prune Mexican Feather Reed Grass in the winter to encourage increased blooms during the spring growing season. Cut clumps to the ground in the late-winter just before the new spring shoots appear. Use grass shears or a hedge trimmer to remove the old stems at least 3 inches from the ground to upkeep attractive appearance.


Additional Information

Mexican Feather Grass is native to rocky open slopes, dry woods with shallow rocky soils, grasslands, and forest clearings. Plants occur in New Mexico, west Texas, and in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Plants are hardy from USDA Zones 6-9. Stipa tenuissima forms upright tufted mounds of fine-textured hair-like foliage.

Foliage is less than 1/8 inches wide and up to 12 inches long. Leaves are glossy and usually rolled into a threadlike cylinder. The pale silvery green blades are very mobile with a tendency to wave in the slightest breeze. Narrow upright 4-12 inch flower panicles appear in summer. Panicles are composed of 60-480 pale yellow or silvery whiskered spikelets. The spikelets mature into feathery tan or gold seedheads. Mexican Feather Grassprospers in sunny or lightly shaded sites with fertile well-drained soil.

Plants adapt to a wide range of conditions – moderate salinity, drought, slightly acid or alkaline pH, and heavy clay or sandy soil. This species thrives in coastal sites with the excessive wind but is intolerant of sites with poorly drained soils. This is a cool-season grass that may become dormant during extremely hot summer weather. Plants should be groomed or cut to the ground in early spring to remove tattered foliage and make way for new foliage. This grass is pest-resistant and fairly unpalatable to deer and other herbivores. Blooming plants are about 1-2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. This species performs as a perennial through zone 7 but is usually a reseeding annual in areas with colder winters.


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