Stipa gigantea
  • Stipa gigantea
  • Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

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(Giant Feather Grass or Golden Oats) A truly magnificent grass, Stipa gigantea is native to the grasslands of south-western Europe and is known for its tall flower heads.

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A truly magnificent grass, Stipa gigantea is native to the grasslands of south-western Europe and is known for its tall flower heads. Tufted clumps of evergreen or semi-evergreen leaves are topped in summer by elegant panicles of flower spikelets, reaching over 2 m in height. The flowers are initially a purplish silver green, but turn a deep golden colour in late summer.

Best in a sunny position with good drainage.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Stipa gigantea grows to be a tall clump forming grass but usually needs to become established before having the vigour necessary to reach its maximum height.
    • Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft) - smaller if grown in a container
    • Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
  • Notes: Ideally remove any dead leaves from Stipa gigantea in early spring to tidy up this plant for the new season. It usually takes 1 - 2 years for a young Stipa gigantea to settle down and reach its full size.

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How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Mature Size
Grass - Large (over 6 ft), Grass - Medium (3 - 6 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Special: Coastal Areas, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils
Special Features
Flowering in Summer, Habit - Architectural, To grow in a pot