Peruvian feather grass
The well-known native Mexican feather grass Stipa tenuifolia (S.tenuissima grows into light, upright tufts, 60 cm in height producing blond inflorescences that sway in perpetual motion.
Its Peruvian cousin, Stipa ichu (Jarava ichu), is widespread in Central America and down through to Argentina, from the coastal edges up to the high Andean altiplano plains. It forms a dense, upright tuft of evergreen leaves.
In summer, the superb inflorescences, more than one metre tall, provide long-lasting ornamental value. Although this Peruvian feather grass is attractive on its own as a focus plant, planted en masse with five plants per square metre is how we like to use Stipa ichu.
For rock gardens, gravel gardens, rockfill, troughs and planters.
Grow in full sun in very gravelly soil, which should be very well-drained in winter, but can be poor and dry and in summer. Hardiness: - 10°C. Can naturalise.
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones :zone 8-10
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
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Synonym: Sedum telephium 'Herbstfreude'£3.49