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Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats)

Golden Oats, Giant Feather Grass, Giant Needle Grass


Statuesque with tufts of foliage bursting with emerging seed heads in early summer, Stipa gigantea (Golden Oats) is an impressive ornamental grass. Evergreen or semi-evergreen, it forms a dense mound of slender, arching gray-green leaves, up to 18 in. tall (45 cm), from which emerge erect flower spikes rising 4 ft. (120 cm) above the foliage. They bear elegant panicles of silvery spikelets, with long awns and dangling golden anthers which sway gracefully in the slightest breeze and persist well into winter. Spectacular when backlit by the rising or setting sun!

  • Excellent choice for adding height and structure to the garden, this architectural grass is perfect for borders where it will easily combine with other plants, along the edge of a path, in prairie plantings or as a striking accent plant. Great for dried floral arrangements too!
  • Growing easily in a dense clump about 6 ft. tall (180 cm) and 2-3 ft. across (60-90 cm), it enjoys full sun and moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Drought tolerant, it requires very little care, is deer resistant and provides weeks of interest from summer to frost
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1993)
  • Cut back in winter for a neat appearance.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Stipa - Feather Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Botanik Foto, © Martin Ogden /www.teddingtongardener.com

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Stipa - Feather Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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