Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Cream/Tan
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On May 21, 2012, hampson from Kingman, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:
I planted more than one in a perennial bed that gets watered regularly. It's lovely, but it sure does reseed! I pull and hoe out the seedlings from my beds, but my husband lets many seedlings go in his naturalized dry, desert areas. It's pretty easy to pull up and worth the effort, but I remove as much seed fluff as I can now and often shear the seed heads off. Absolutely beautiful to watch in the wind.
On Jun 23, 2011, romandoguinn from Albany, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
This plant makes me furious.
This is the nicest thing I can say.
The landlord of the apartments next door had landscapers plant half a dozen of these along our shared pathway. The metric ton of seed fluff that accumulates along my edging looks like handfulls of mangey dog hair. I end up sweeping it up multiple times daily. If they were my plants I'd remove them asap. And am thinking about it regardless, between you and me.
These have been planted less than 6 months. I'm literally afraid of the volunteers I'll encounter in the future.
On Jan 22, 2011, dvangogh from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
This is a beautiful grass, though invasive as others have mentioned. The movement of the plant as a light breeze catches it is just beautiful to watch. Very calming and can add a dynamic touch to your garden.
On Jul 16, 2010, justdigin from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Although it reseeds freely as others have mentioned, I find the seedlings easy to pull out. Even the larger ones can be removed or transplanted without much effort. If you are trying to maintain a very neat landscape, this plant is probably going to drive you crazy. If you like a more naturalized look as I do, you may really like it. It fills in the areas around my other plants, but doesn't choke them out. It reminds me of the California coast, which is the look I am going for in our front yard. As others have said, don't plant where your dog might get into it.
On Jun 3, 2010, mwdallas from Carrollton, TX wrote:
I live in the Dallas, TX area & planted one in 2007. I now have several that I've re-potted from baby plants. My main plant did die after an awful frost last year, but left its babies and I was thrilled. YES, they do re-seed very easily but are so easy to pull out when very little if not wanted. I don't consider them invasive for this reason. I love watching the gentle peaceful swaying in the wind of this plant. I've given several away. I have only 3 in the ground and several in pots right now.
I put one of these in a small backyard garden because I liked it visually and the way it moves in the wind. I thought it a harmless carefree addition. You'd think it ideal for Xeriscape or rock gardens. However it reseeds like crazy, and this from just one plant. Put 4 -5 or more in and you will have alot of extra work on your hands come early spring. I'll be sure to research before I try any other ornamental grasses. Proceed with caution with this choice.
On Jun 15, 2009, NicoleJ from San Clemente, CA wrote:
My dog chased her tennis ball into an area of our yard where this plant is proliferating. She had several of the hairs stuck in her eyes and they caused her eye to swell shut. It has also somehow affected her jaw and given her a form of "lock jaw" and the veterinarian thinks she may have contracted tetanus from it. I am pulling it out and would not recommend it in a yard with active dogs.
My landscape designer suggested this grass, and I think it is really lovely to watch blowing in the wind. However, it was planted next to my swimming pool, and the seed threads pass through my filter baskets and clog my impeller. I have to clear it out daily, even though I go out every morning and strip as much seed off of the plants as I can. I'll probably have to dig up the plants, and hope they don't sprout on the other side of the back yard wall, in the desert.
On Jun 21, 2008, lonediver from Maricopa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
I will agree with most of the aforementioned statements , durable , beautiful and so on . But I also see that it is labeled as INVASIVE . I capitalize that with good reason . Here in the southwest desert and this is not a native plant . I planted 6 of them and now have had 100's of them all over my property (4 acres ) in an area that recieves less than 10 inches of rainfall a year and this stuff is sprouting up with no irragation . More so in areas that does . Once released it will scatter more than likely and add more fuel to already disastrous wildfires .
On May 7, 2008, TrishaG from Englewood, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
This grass looks like a clump of hair, dancing in the breeze. Soft green in spring, then turns a soft beige in the hot summer, and I leave it uncut in winter to provide interest. It does re-seed fairly heavily, but unwanted volunteers are easily pulled. I grow it pretty dry in my xeriscape area, in clay loam low in organic material. Survived a dry cold winter quite well. The description says 24-36" height -- I've never seen it get taller than 6-8", even at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Maybe because we grow it dry in the Rockies?
On May 7, 2008, SWNMgardener from Las Cruces, NM wrote:
I really loved the look of this grass in our landscape. It grows quite well in the desert southwest with some irrigation. But beware if you have puppies that like to grab at anything that moves. One of our puppies grabbed at some seeds/feathers that had fallen to the ground and nearly choked while trying to swallow them. We were unable to find any in it's mouth to remove, so I don't believe it had very much.
Also, this plant is a favorite of jackrabbits, so it's best grown behind a fenced area or chicken wire.
On Apr 12, 2008, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I grow this grass in a pot, and bring it in for the winter. I also start it in the ground, dig it up, and bring it into the house to overwinter. That way, I get the lovely bloom although my season is too short for it to bloom outdoors. Last year's pot plant is blooming no - in early April, in my sunroom.
On Mar 3, 2007, RHSJONES from Grand Junction, CO wrote:
this was one of the first plants I put in my new garden because it is so beautiful in the wind and I am in a windy area. It did very well even through our cold winter but I fear I have baby's all around it! will try and transplant them to my other garden. did well in composted heavy clay and was watered by drip only once a week even in hot weather.
On Jun 7, 2006, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Other common names for this grass that is native to California, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and Argentina: ponytail grass, horsetail grass, horse tail grass, hair grass, angel hair grass, angelhair grass, finestem needlegrass
I have grown Mexican feather grass in a large container and did not have a reseeding problem; however, this may be atypical. It appears it will self-sow more prolifically in moist areas and is not as bothersome in dry locations. It mysteriously died sabout 5 years ago. This spring, a new plant emerged in the container in which the old plant had been growing. I am extremely happy that I have been blessed with this gift because I had missed the plant very much after it died.
On Oct 2, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, Tx.
One is growing in a huge container and from the top it looks almost like a huge green wig. I bought it at Walmart as a small plant and it has grown quite rapidly. Its blades blow in the wind so gracefully that it provides a soothing effect. It has withstood 22 degree nights in the winter and 108 degrees for 2 days this summer.
On Jul 1, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
The hardiness of this grass seems to depend on the age. Clumps that have not flowered are much hardier, making this a biennial for me. Usually the clumps that have flowered do not survive the winter.
The flower stalks and seeds are very sticky so that seeding around is very common.
Seeds sprout in mid to late spring outdoors.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Gaylesville, Alabama Chino Valley, Arizona Kingman, Arizona Maricopa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona , California Alameda, California Atwater, California Bayview, California Brentwood, California Cerritos, California Chula Vista, California Cloverdale, California Concord, California Fremont, California Fullerton, California Garberville, California Knights Landing, California Los Angeles, California Merced, California Oak Park, California Redlands, California Sacramento, California Salinas, California San Clemente, California San Diego, California South Pasadena, California Edgewater, Colorado Fruitvale, Colorado Sheridan, Colorado Cordele, Georgia Gages Lake, Illinois Ewing, Kentucky New Orleans, Louisiana Pikesville, Maryland Rushford, Minnesota Las Vegas, Nevada Pahrump, Nevada Pinardville, New Hampshire Clovis, New Mexico El Cerro-monterey Park, New Mexico Las Cruces, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Statesville, North Carolina Wake Forest, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Enid, Oklahoma Hulbert, Oklahoma Bunker Hill, Oregon Rockcreek, Oregon Salem, Oregon Ponce, Puerto Rico City View, South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina Okatie, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee (2 reports) Memphis, Tennessee Austin, Texas (3 reports) Briaroaks, Texas Carrollton, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Humble, Texas Kennard, Texas Midland, Texas Midway, Texas Plano, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Spring Branch, Texas Stagecoach, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Farr West, Utah Arlington, Virginia Lincolnia, Virginia Springfield, Virginia Birch Bay, Washington Seattle, Washington Twin Lakes, Wisconsin