Forming clumps up to 75 cm high, this bunch grass grows in poor base soils and dry areas. Wind resistant, salt tolerant and frost-tolerant to perhaps -10C in short doses. Leaves are slender, olive green, curling back on themselves to form a tight, attractive clump if trimmed occasionally. Flowers appear in spring and early summer on 75 -150 cm spikes in a fan-like arrangement, creating an attractive golden brown punctuation above low shrubs and ground cover. This is a good plant for holding soil together and preventing erosion, particularly in poor, inhospitable soils. It does not grow in shade.
Not to be confused with Stipa tenuissima - a completely different, non-native plant
Stipa tenacissima is a species endemic to western-central Mediterranean countries, including the Iberian Peninsula and much of North Africa. It grows on dry, rocky soils with a rich base, forming a steppe-like meadow. Also known as esparto, esparto grass, halfah grass, alpha, or needle grass, it has been managed by people for centuries to produce a fibre product called esparto which is used for crafts such as ropes, basketry, and espadrilles, as well as for making paper.
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.