Syn. Stipa calamagrostis. Common names - Spear grass, silver spike grass and needle grass. This is a large deciduous clump forming grass native to large areas of Europe, particularly clearings in mountainous regions. Frost hardy and tolerant of drought conditions it forms an open arching habit giving it a fountain-like form, with showy plumes of silver white flowers in summer. These persist through summer to early Autumn, as they mature they fade to a light golden brown in winter. The foliage remains a blue-green colour while there is sufficient moisture until it too fades to a golden buff brown. Little maintenance is required, but it can be cut down to 15 cm once it is dormant in late winter. This grass dies back to below ground level each year in winter, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
It will tolerate both sandy and clay soils, so long as they are reasonably free draining.
Achnatherum calamagrostis is grown for its early blooming graceful flowers, as they bring movement to any area of planting, nodding and dipping in the slightest breeze. The size of plant varies depending on conditions, but typically it will grow 80 cm wide and up to 120 cm tall. Like many grasses it lends itself to mass planting but can look spectacular planted as a specimen in mixed planting and amongst upright flowering plants such as Allium's, Verbena bonariensis and the larger Salvias. As a native grass, it has excellent habitat credentials for wildlife, particularly birds and lizards.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.