Giant Feather grass, Golden Oats
Grass or grass-like plant
2' x 4' - blooms 3' - 4' above
Adverse Growth Factors
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.