Also known as Pheasant's Tail Grass, Stipa arundinacea is a tall, evergreen grass, with arching green leaves turning orange-brown in winter and seed heads with purple-green flower spikes that emerge in summer. The cultivation of grasses is as old as gardening itself. Ornamental grasses are ideally suited to modern, mixed borders, as they contrast superbly with shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Keep well watered until firmly established. Prune out dead and winter damaged foliage and feed with a good, general fertiliser in spring.
Water thoroughly, or stand pot in a container of water for half an hour before planting. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Remove the pot, place the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the surrounding ground and refill, firming if necessary. Keep well watered in dry weather. Feed in spring with a good, general fertiliser.
August - September