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Stipa ramosissima

  • Common Name
    Pillar of Smoke
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    6' - 7' High x 3' Wide
  • Flower Color
    N / A
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Winter
  • Leaves
    N / A
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Showy Flowers
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This Australian beauty is stunning.  Its explosive and showy bloom can add instant drama to your garden.  Foliage is green with the thickness of a pencil and can reach 6 feet in height.  The flowers look as if designed by a fairy queen.  They appear throughout the foliage in sheer, wispy clouds that are abundant and create a lovely sheen when planted in groupings, particularly with back-lighting.  Flowers come in a silky bronze, fading to cream, blooming from February - September.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is a columnar growing grass.  It's an eye-catching tall accent plant for the back of a garden or planted in a group as a beautiful border.   Also good in pots (if the pot is big enough!).  Good for coastal gardens and can tolerate wind and exposed sites.  Propagate from seed.  Heat and drought tolerant when established.

    This columnar growing grass can reach a height of 6 feet with a 3 foot spread giving a bamboo-like feeling.  Showy flowerheads, silky bronze fading to cream, bloom in radiating whorls over a long period.  Grow in full sun, looks best with regular water.  Wind tolerant, good near the coast.  Striking tall accent.

  • Varietals
    N / A