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Stipa gigantea

  • Common Name
    Giant Feather grass, Golden Oats
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    2' x 4' - blooms 3' - 4' above
  • Flower Color
    Golden
  • Bloom Time
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    N / A
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Loam
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This native to southern Europe and Norhern Africa is a clumping, evergreen giant feather grass that is the largest and most spectacular of the Stipa species.  Stately and elegant, it forms a dense mound of fine-textured gray-green rolled leaves that is topped by golden inflorescent blooms that emerge in May, fully mature in June and last in a spent state well into fall.  It is particularly beautiful with summer sun lighting it from behind.  It grows best in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.  Good plant for coastal gardens and windy sites.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    Does not like waterlogged conditions, particularly during winter.  It does poorly in shade.  The flowers are wonderful for dried flower arrangements.  It's very eye-catching in both sun and moonlight.

    Note: Gophers seem to love this plant so it is a good idea to protect the plant in areas where there are gophers by planting in cages.

  • Varietals
    N / A