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Nassella tenuissima - Mexican Feather Grass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Stipa tenuissima]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Nassella tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass) - Wispy fine-textured clumping grass from Southwest U.S. and Mexico grows 1-2 feet tall. Flowers bloom a greenish color in summer to late fall and then mature to a golden color. Best in full sun to partial shade with well-drained soil. Let soil dry out between watering. Reseeds a bit in the garden - seems to be particularly fond of cracks in pavement and other semi-dry areas that get some runoff or only occasional irrigation. This plant has been recently (2007) included in the CDFA list of noxious weeds at the "C" (meaning control) level because of the tendency to reseed. While it is not illegal for nurseries to grow this plant, it is advised that Bay area and Southern California coastal gardeners be wary of planting it anywhere near a urban rural interface and riparian area where it may escape - too bad as it is a very attractive plant. It is also known as Texas Needle Grass. We received this plant from John Greenlee and grew it in our nursery from 1994 until 2007.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Nassella tenuissima.