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Plant Guide

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
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.

 

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