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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.  Information displayed on this page about  Nassella tenuissima is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.