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Anemanthele lessoniana (New Zealand Wind Grass)

New Zealand Wind Grass, Bent Grass, Pheasant Grass, Pheasant's Tail Grass, Stipa Arundinacea

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Anemanthele Lessoniana, New Zealand Wind Grass, Bent Grass, Pheasant Grass, Pheasant's Tail Grass, Stipa Arundinacea

Gorgeous, fast-growing, tough as nails, Anemanthele lessoniana or Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant’s Tail Grass) is an elegant and impressive ornamental grass that has become a favorite of landscape designers and gardeners. Semi-evergreen, with an open growth habit, it exhibits arching, dark green, thread-like leaves that sway gracefully in the slightest breeze. They turn into attractive shades of copper, gold, and bronze in fall and throughout winter, adding bristling color to the dull winter landscape. It is topped in summer with airy arching sprays of rosy flowers that hang down, almost kissing the ground, and move into a lovely bronze color in the fall.

  • The beautiful arching lines of Anemanthele lessoniana help create magnificent and elegantly mobile combinations in the landscape. Highly versatile, it is perfect for borders where this grass will easily combine with other plants, containers, ground covers, edging, gravel gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, and dry hillsides for erosion control, or in prairie plantings. Makes a great accent or beautiful backdrop.
  • Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Growing easily in a dense fountain-like clump about 3 ft. tall and wide (90 cm), it enjoys full sun or part shade in moderately fertile, medium to light, well-drained soils. Anemanthele lessoniana is not fussy about soils and tolerates heavy clay soils, unlike many other ornamental grasses. Self-sowing but without being invasive.
  • Drought and deer tolerant, it is pest-free, disease-free and requires very little care, and provides year-round interest.
  • Comb out dead or winter-damaged leaves in early spring. Cut back every 2 years for a fresh look. Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or by division from mid-spring to early summer.

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 12
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Stipa
Common names Bent Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Nassella pulchra (Purple Needle Grass)
Stipa ichu (Peruvian Feather Grass)
Stipa barbata (Silver Feather Grass)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Stipa calamagrostis (Spear Grass)
Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats)

Recommended Companion Plants

Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ (Lupine)
Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Eryngium x zabelii ‘Jos Eijking’ (Sea Holly)
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ (Plume Thistle)
Lobelia x speciosa ‘Vedrariensis’ (Cardinal Flower)
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea (Moor Grass)
Achillea millefolium ‘Apricot Delight’ (Yarrow)
Carex comans ‘Frosted Curls’ (New Zealand Hair Sedge)
Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate Cosmos)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ (Sage)
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)
Astrantia major ‘Roma’ (Great Masterwort)
Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’ (Sneezeweed)
Agastache ‘Black Adder’ (Giant Hyssop)
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ (Sneezeweed)
Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ (Sneezeweed)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (Wood Sage)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Allium sphaerocephalon (Drumstick Allium)
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ (Ornamental Onion)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Eremurus (Foxtail Lily)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 12
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Genus Stipa
Common names Bent Grass
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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