Stipa tenuis­sima

EDP Norfolk - - Gardening -

For me this is one of the most grace­ful of or­na­men­tal grasses. Grow­ing to around 60cm tall, it has thin, bright green leaves, then in sum­mer pro­duces soft white, feath­ery blooms which sway el­e­gantly in the slight­est breeze. Th­ese turn a buff colour with age and look fan­tas­tic this time of year, glis­ten­ing in the morn­ing dew or with a cov­er­ing of frost. Grow in full sun or par­tial shade and in rea­son­ably well-drained soil as they re­sent too much wet in win­ter. Old fo­liage can be re­moved by rak­ing through in spring and, al­though it self-seeds freely, any un­wanted plants are eas­ily re­moved.

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