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Mexican Feather Grass

Nassella tenuissima

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Mexican Feather Grass, tall green grass that folds over at the top

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Do you want a fine-textured grass for your landscape design? The Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima) is an outstanding option. With its wispy foliage, it adds a touch of sophistication to any location. This feather grass retains its color throughout the year and adapts to many different environments. If you want a delicate grass for your landscape, make sure to choose the Mexican feather grass.

Plant Attributes

The Mexican feather grass is a cool-season native plant that sways with the slightest breeze. This ornamental grass is one of the most popular varieties in the country. It has a mounded form that provides feather-like movement throughout your open-air spaces. The Mexican feather grass is prized for its fine-textured foliage that spouts from the center of the plant. The needle-like leaves are flexible and give some airiness to those selected spots in your landscape.

By late spring, this ornamental grass really glows with a blend of verdant green. As the weather warms up, those colors transform into a mixture of golden and green blades. Several golden seed heads start to make an appearance in May. Those golden plumes spread above the foliage by mid-June. Between the leaves and flowers, this ornamental sparkles when the sun shines on the plant. The colors continue to delight into the autumn season as its foliage changes into a splendid harvest of gold hues. Those golden seed heads are in full abundance until the late winter.

Landscape Use

The Mexican feather grass can be used in almost any space throughout your landscape. This ornamental grass is a fast grower. You can expect it to reach a height of 12 to 24 inches and spread out to 30 inches. With its versatility, it looks incredible when used as a mass planting. These feather grasses provide a soft and light texture to your space. The Mexican feather grass is also the perfect choice as a ground cover plant. It can cover up bare spaces without overwhelming an area. Since it is tolerant of droughts and heat, you can use this variety in a perennial bed to incorporate texture variation and unique color.

Some landscapers even choose to use this ornamental grass to edge a garden bed or cover a steep hill. This ornamental grass is well-known for its delicate foliage. It can complement areas with bold elements, such as landscape boulders or rock gardens. The soft texture is guaranteed to lighten up those coarse areas.

The Mexican feather grass also thrives in a container garden. With its delicate leaves and color, it is an excellent choice as a spiller for your containers. You might want to add a few of these feather grasses around a patio to help enclose a space without creating a heavy atmosphere. Wherever you decide to use the Mexican feather grass, it makes an ideal selection for your outdoor spaces.

Planting & Care

The Mexican feather grass is prized for its hardiness, and it thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10. In the driest and warmest regions in the country, this ornamental grass does exceptionally well. You will want to plant this feather grass in full sun and dry soil. Once it has established in your yard, it is very drought tolerant.

This feather grass can self-propagate. You should watch out for overgrowth in your landscape. If you divide the clumps, new plants can repropagate in the spring. A hard shearing in the late winter allows the new spring growth to have a more compacted shape.

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The Mexican feather grass provides a soft and airy look to your landscape as the delicate needle-like leaves arch over a dense central crown. From late spring to early summer, the feather-like plumes dazzle your outdoor spaces. Its leaves provide some movement with a slight breeze. For that reason, this feather grass is an outstanding choice to add some motion to your gardens. This fast-growing grass is right at home in many different locations. If you want the perfect element for your xeriscape or western garden, order your Mexican feather grass today.

At Arbor Valley Nursery, we can help you secure this dramatic feather grass for your next landscaping project. We have a wide selection of plants, trees, grasses, and shrubs for your needs. Our team will help you find just the right piece to complete the look of your landscape. You can learn more about the Mexican feather grass by filling out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: nas-SEL-uh ten-yoo-ISS-ee-muh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Airy clumps 12 to 24 in. tall and as wide; 30 in. tall in bloom.
  • Special features: Clump Forming, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Waterwise
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Light Green
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Flower color: Brown
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Beautifully grown in masses, this is a candidate for rock gardens, dry streambeds, and next to landscape boulders. Grow as a single accent or in a small cluster among other drought and heat-resistant perennials for unique color and texture variation. Excellent choice in Mexican ceramic pots for an artistic statement in Santa Fe-style garden.
  • Companion Plants: White Swan, Big Blue, Dense blazing star, Sedum,

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