A large bunch grass native to Portugal and other Southern Mediterranean countries. Also known as the giant feather grass, giant needle grass and golden oats, this is a tough drought resistant plant that thrives in heat and poor soils. It creates a bunch grass foliage mass between 60-90 cm wide of grey-green foliage with attractive, tall and prominent flower spikes emerging silver-lavender in the late spring, ageing to a radiant golden over the summer, and persisting in tan into winter. The spikes typically grow to 2.4 m tall, rising high above the foliage.
Stipa can be used as a specimen plant, surrounded by a low ground cover or, as is often the case, planted drifting between other perennials in larger gardens. It is suitable for containers, although this limits the size of the plant. The clumps should be pruned back in December before any new growth is resumed. This Stipa does not like wet winters, so a well-drained soil is best or it can be planted in raised areas where there is no risk of puddling. Like most native grasses, they provide important habitat for reptiles, insects and birds (so be careful mowing in winter - if you have several plants, don't do them all at once!)
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.