Stipa tenuissima (Nassella tenuissima)
Mexican Feathergrass is a small clump-forming extremely fine textured grass with a tuft of soft wiry windswept leaves. Leaves are a bright to soft green in summer, turning tan in winter, and waving softly in the slightest breeze. This species serves as an outstanding fine textured accent for arid climates.
Plant Habit or Use:
Perennial, groundcover, grasses
sun, partial sun
Loose silvery plume-like inflorescences.
Foxtail-like inflorescences; mildly showy.
12 inch to 24 inch(30 inch)
12 inch to 14 inch(30 inch)
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Low Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Low Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
7, 8, 9
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Intolerant of poorly drained soils and high humidity environments. This species tends to be short-lived in humid environments.