Photo: Blackstem Plants
The BIG one.
Stipa gigantea has assumed the mantle from the much ridiculed Pampas grass. It is now THE large grass to have in the garden.
The clumps can grow to 120cm across but the leaves do not get as high or as dense as the razor sharp Pampas.
The leaves are softer, more feathery and much easier to maintain. A rake through in spring is all that is needed.
From this wedge of foliage arise the towering spikelets that can reach 250cm. These too are softer, more ethereal and shimmer when backlit by a setting sun.
The oat-like seeds turn a gorgeous golden brown and make you think of Scotsmen in kilts tossing cabers and wading through bowls of porridge. Essential.
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Moist but well-drained