Stipa splendens – Chee Grass – Achnatherum – Feather Grass – Needle grass – Spear Grass –

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Stipa – Achnatherum – Feather Grass – Needle grass – Spear Grass

There are about 300 bristly, tufted, evergreen or deciduous, perennial (rarely annual) grass, in this genus.   They are found naturally occurring from   open woodlands and stony slopes in temperate and warm temperate regions worldwide. They have linear, pleated, inrolled, occasionally flat leaves, and bear narrow loose panicles of flattened spikelets, often with long, feathery or bristly awns, from early summer to autumn. They are grown for their habit, and also for their attractive inflorescences, which may be dried and dyed for use in flower arrangements. Use in a mixed or shrub border.

Grow in moderately fertile, medium to light, well drained soil in full sun. S. arundinacea tolerates heavier soils and partial shade. Cut back deciduous species in early winter, remove dead leaves on evergreens in early spring. Divide from mid spring to early summer.

Prone to damping off, rust, smut, brown patch, brown stripe and eye spot.

S. splendens – Chee Grass – This clump or densely tufted, deciduous perennial from Central Asia, Russia, and Chile grows to 8′ feet all and half as wide. It forms large mounds of arching, linear, rough, dark green leaves, to 20″ long. Purple tinted white spikelets, in large, loose panicles, to 20″ long, are borne above the foliage in early and mid summer.

Zones 7-10