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Nassella tenuissima ~ (syn. Stipa tenuissima) Mexican Feather Grass, Finestem Needlegrass

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 fruitful and can become something of a 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 do use them but with some caution. They are sometimes sold as Stipa tenuissima.

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Nassella tenuissima 

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