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Stipa ichu

Peruvian feather grass

Stipa ichu sounds as though it should be Japanese although it is a South American native. 

Originally named Javara ichu it was widely used as a thatching material. 

Despite coming from near the equator this silky, tactile beauty is tough and found growing at high altitudes in the Andes right down to the dry, arid deserts of Mexico. 

This grass has an elegance of form with slender, hair-like bright green foliage topped with long, shimmering, silvery-white panicles. 

These flowers are like the ears on an Afghan Hound - very silky and just waiting to be stroked. 

Grow in well drained soil that remains dryish and despite its Andean heritage plant benefits from a little shelter in our wetter climate. Gorgeous.

£ 7.00

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Poaceae

Hardy perennial grass    

H5    

90cm    

70cm    

Bright green    

Rich cream    

Well drained, dry    

Full sun

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