Nassella tenuissima - Mexican Feather Grass
Nassella tenuissima, the Mexican Feather Grass is soft and shiny in the spring garden. Nassella tenuissima should be trimmed severely in the later part of the summer as the seed heads start to dry. Once matured the seed is very easily started and Nassella tenuissima can become quite the pest. The florets are very prone to sticking in socks or the fur of your pets. This is not recommended for gardens near wild areas as the Mexican Feather Grass can easily escape. I use them with reluctance. Nassella tenuissima has deservedly started to show up on noxious plants lists. The Mixican Feather Grass is sometimes sold under its old name as Stipa tenuissima. Seedlings can establish in areas that never get irrigated.
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