Pheasant's Tail Grass, Feather Grass, New Zealand Wind Grass
Stipa lessoniana 'Capriccio'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stipa (STEE-pa) (Info)
Species: lessoniana (les-son-ee-AY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Capriccio
Synonym:Stipa arundinacea
Synonym:Anemanthele lessoniana

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Richmond, California

San Anselmo, California

Portland, Oregon

Edmonds, Washington

Lake Forest Park, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 11, 2010, SaraCanary from Portland, OR wrote:

An excellent grass. Beautiful Fall color.
I fell in love with this one and planted more than one.
The first season I smiled in delight at its' brillance.
It was getting quite large the second season so I cut it
back hard in February.
This plant has never fully recovered, and has never matched it's former brillance.

Positive

On Jul 27, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Formerly named and still known as Stipa arundinacea. I have a 4 year old clump in my garden from wintersown seeds..allthough this grass is somewhat frost tender. I never cut it back in spring. I 've done this once and it recovered so slowly. I just gently pull out the dry old blades. Even without flowering it is pretty and very suitable for a small garden.

Positive

On Mar 9, 2005, mar9999 from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a really beautiful grass, climaxing in fall when the colors really start to show.

It is very graceful in the wind (hence the common name I guess), and is quite soothing to watch.