Stipa tenuissima

If it's a waver you want, this is your man. Or your woman. Or your person. It really deserves to be grown en masse on fairly well drained soil with masses of light. It grows to less than 2ft and it's very very fine - hence the tendency to wave beautifully in even the lightest airs.

From various parts of America (U.S.A., Mexico and Argentina), it's pale green and it dies down in the winter (best to chop to the ground in late winter) and produces flowers that are as fine as its leaves and only a little bit higher.

Remember the waving wheat fields in the scenes in 'Gladiator' when Maximus Decimus Meridius (commander of the armies of the north, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I WILL have my vengeance in this life or the next etc etc) imagines visiting his farm and his family? Well, it's like that.

Presumably a Hollywood allusion to the Elysian Fields. Plant Stipa tenuissima and create Elysium.

Propagated by us by division.

Features Hardiness rating
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Exotics, Grasses, House Plants, Shade Green

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