Stipa tenuissima ‘Ponytails’

Mexican feather grass

(2 customer reviews)


A lovely perennial semi-evergreen grass with fine green and straw coloured foliage. Mexican Feathergrass can visually soften any spot with full sun to partial shade.

Stipa tenuissima ‘Ponytails’ features gently arching light green foliage that forms wispy tufts at the top that have a feather-like appearance.


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Origin: Mexico
Genus: Stipa
Species / Cultivar: tenuissima 'Ponytails'
Common Name: Mexican feather grass
Synonym: Nassella tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Plant Biography

With a native range of South Central USA, to Mexico and Argentina, Stipa tenuissima grows in open rocky scrublands and woods in mountainous regions.

This is well behaved and tactile plant is deservedly popular with designers.

Stipa tenuissima ‘Ponytails’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.75m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

The foliage of Stipa tenuissima 'Ponytails' looks particularly attractive when placed in a position to catch the wind.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Plant Stipa tenuissima in evenly moist soil with good drainage, in a position that receives full sun to partial shade and it should thrive.

Cut old foliage back in late winter before new growth begins in spring to keep up its stunning appearance.

2 customer reviews for Stipa tenuissima ‘Ponytails’

So pleased with quality and condition of these plants. Excellent all round. Thankyou.

Helen Pakeman (verified owner)

Arrived very quickly. Healthy plants.
I’m looking forward to seeing them grow into an interesting focal point in decorative planters. I’ve brought several ferns etc from the Palm Centre and am always pleased with the plants.

marion edwards (verified owner)