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Stipa ichu

  • Common Name
    Peruvian Feather Grass
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    2' - 3' x 2' - 3'
  • Flower Color
    Golden
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Thin Needle-Like - Upright
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This stiff fine textured needle-like bunch grass reaches 2' - 3' wide and tall.  Lime green can fade to beige in winter.  Showy feather-like flowers appear in spring with showy silken awns, very featherlike.  Flowers mature to a golden color and explode by mid-summer.  Full sun or light shade, quite heat resistant and is an extremely durable hot weather plant.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    Goes well with other drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, succulents, other stipas – good in masses or as accent plant.  Can handle clay soil and is good for coastal conditions.

    Propigate by seed.  Will naturalize unfavorable conditions but not invasive.

     

  • Varietals
    N / A