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Stipa brachytricha

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stipa (STEE-pa) (Info)
Species: brachytricha (brak-ee-TRY-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Achnatherum brachytricha
Synonym:Achnatherum brachytrichum
Synonym:Calamagrostis arundinacea var. brachytricha
Synonym:Calamagrostis brachytricha

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Fine foliage forms neat clumps that do not spread. Very attractive flowers in September. They last 6 weeks or so, but not into the winter.

I've grown this in considerable shade for many years---dappled high shade nearly all day, with an hour or two of early morning sun---more shade than most grasses will tolerate. Plants are long-lived and bloom well. I find a few seedlings about, but this plant isn't weedy.

Positive garbanzito On Oct 30, 2011, garbanzito from Denver, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

nice radiating form (not strictly upright) in partial shade, somewhat low water in my Denver garden; passing up quite a few other grasses, a marauding coyote ate quite a bit of one of these this spring to help it digest a cat

Positive braun06 On Mar 14, 2007, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This grass has a different look to it in comparison of the overused but earlier flowering Karl Foerster. This Grass has nice form and good contrast with the thicker leaf blades with fine texture flowers above them. This grass is supposedly more shade tolerant than most. It has another plus of keeping itself in good condition over winter to provide some winter interest. It seems slower than most grasses to establish and waits until its well established to flower well. Dieback in the first winter has been a consistant problem, even with spring plantings.

Positive victorgardener On Oct 11, 2004, victorgardener from Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Dynamite grass! The plumes are one of the most beautiful of all the grasses. If you can site it where it will be back-lit by the late day or early morning sun, it really excels. Care-free, it is a nice small size - my four year old ones are about four feet to the top of the plumes. Check out my photo. A must-have!


Positive murphysgardens On Jun 10, 2004, murphysgardens from Galena, IL wrote:

This is one of my absolutely favorite grasses. Calamagrostis brachytricha stays in a nice, tight clump. The light green foliage sways gracefully in the breeze and the blooms hold up well and are almost iridescent when the sun hits them. Highly recommended. We are in NW IL - Zone 5 - and the grass has come back with no damage for 2 years in our clay garden in partial shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Isabella, California
Denver, Colorado
Galena, Illinois
Hanna City, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lake Placid, New York
Conway, South Carolina
Millington, Tennessee
Olympia, Washington

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