Imagine a swath of these fine-leaved silky clumps flowing in the breeze on a steep bank. He reminds us of a blonde horse galloping across the prairie with Elsa Dutton on his back! This ornamental grass is drought tolerant once the roots take hold. Check your region to ensure he's not invasive. Give him full sun and water when dry.
Easy for beginners
Safe for pets
This plant produc...
This plant produces thousands of tiny seeds that animals, wind, or water can disperse. In some regions, it is invasive.
Great For People Who…
Great for people with pets
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love to dance
Great for people who like outdoor activities
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with partial shade patios
Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
Great for spaces that have need lush decor
Great for spaces that have full sun
Great for spaces with rock or desert gardens
Nassella tenuissima Care Guide
Place your plant in full sun (6-8 hours).
Let the soil dry out between waterings.
Average humidity will help keep the foliage hydrated during the hottest of days.
This plant is a perennial grass and will reseed itself, going dormant after the first frost in the fall.
This plant is invasive in some parts of the country. Please check with your extension agent before planting.
Add organic compost around the plant in the spring or a balanced granular fertilizer each year. Scratch the soil's surface, spread the fertilizer, then cover up with the existing soil and mulch.
To transplant into the garden bed, water your plant the night before. Dig the hole twice as wide as the grower pot and the same depth as the grower pot (not deeper). Remove the plant and center in the spot. Add rooting hormone around the roots of the plant. Water in the hole and let drain. If you have clay soils, add compost to enhance the soil consistency. Fill around the plant and up to the top of its soil line. Tamp down with your hands to remove any air pockets. Water again around the drip line.
In late winter, cut the old-growth back to 6 inches to promote fresh foliage in the spring. Tie the grass up with rope or duck tape, then sheer it with a sterilized sharp knife or electric hedge shears. Place the leftover foliage in a compost pile.
After the plant is fully established (three or more years), dig up the plant, ensuring you capture all the roots.
Remove the root ball and slice through the roots with a sharp knife or pruners.
Replant in a full sun spot (6-8 hours) in rich soil with good drainage or a container plant mix.
Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth as the original.
Add root hormone at the bottom of the hole, place the root ball in the center, and water.
Add compost and supplemental garden soil mixed with the native soil to the hole.
Water around the plant again and keep the soil consistently moist the first year but not soggy.