Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima

Silky Thread Grass

 
Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima, Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima, Silky Thread Grass

Silky thread Grass brings gossimer grace to any spot where it's planted. It blooms from late spring into late summer with plumes of silky flowers that sway back and forth in the slightest breeze. Grow readily in most any soil with full to partial sun. Re-seeds itself readily. Not for sale in CA. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 92950

Details

18" tall x 12" wide (seed propagated). Silky Thread Grass is our most graceful native bunch grass. It gently sways in the breeze and its silky seed heads glow brightly when they catch the sunlight. Plant Nassella in any well drained soil. It is an excellent xeric companion plant and is particularly nice when planted with Agave, Agastache and gray Artemisia. Re-seeds itself readily. Deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season. (Note, botanists have changed this plant's genus from Stipa to Nassella.) Not for sale in CA.

SKU 92950
Common Name Silky Thread Grass
Botanical Name Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Adds Texture
Prohibited In California
Ideal Region Western Only, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

Planting Guides

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High Country GardensNassella (Stipa) tenuissima
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

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  • Garden (3)
  • Outdoors (3)
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5.0

Beautiful light catching grass

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from Ridgecrest, CA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima:

    I bought the Silky Thread Grass when it was available for sale in California. The Silky Thread Grass has grown into beautiful plants that reflect light and move beautifully when wind blown.

    I've had no problems with the Silky Thread Grass overtaking my yard either. I do live in the harsh high desert where there can be a 30 to 40 degree temperature difference between night and day. We also have nippy winters and hot summer days with wind.

    Recommend.

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    5.0

    ever changing colors of green

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    from NM

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Motion Changes Colors
    • Natural Beauty
    • Seasonal Color Change
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Lawn
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima:

      Always changing green(s) colors with seasons and weather type motions, always moving in slightest breeze...it produces its own alive-ness/3D of lush in depth layered green colors. It is the first thing you see and is a subliminal focal point.
      Grows quick, its hardy, easy care, has an fountain type effect. Very glad I made the purchase!

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      5.0

      Worth it!

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      from sunny side of a flat rock, NM

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Loves Nm Weather
      • Pretty Changes Colors

      Cons

      • Did Not Buy Enough

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Infront Cinder Block Wall
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about High Country Gardens Nassella (Stipa) tenuissima:

      Thriving, tripled size in 3 months, soft shaped-triangle shape. Loves NM weather; oven baking 120 degrees full summer sun, to the help-me-I'm-drowning monsoon season to the killing freeze winter temps in White Sands area. Still growing strong, increasing size and width, changes colors with seasons. Planted with potting mix, mixed in native clay soil, then mulched on top. I am looking forward to when it grows enough to "gallop" in the wind, looks good with Blonde Ambition sold here. Plants guaranteed,2 for 1 sale, every email answered quickly, the potting style and damage proof shipping/packaging is ingenious!!! How can you go wrong?

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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