Plant of the Week: Nassella tenuissima or Mexican Feather Grass

01.29.2013

 

DETA-376Common Name: Mexican Feather Grass
Type: Ornamental Grass
Native Range: North America
Height: As tall as 30″ in full bloom
Spread: Moderate
Bloom Time: Late Spring/ Early Summer/ Mid Summer
Bloom ColorCream/Tan
Bloom Description: Forms airy clumps 12 to 24 in. tall and as wide
Uses: Green Roofs, Rain Gardens
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No other grass exhibits quite the refinement of texture as the Mexican Feather Grass. Its bright green and gold foliage  arise in elegant, vase-like clumps and spill outward like a soft fountain.  All summer it bears a profusion of feathery panicles, which mature from foamy-green to blonde. It is native to the Americas.
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The STUDIO39 team has used this terrific grass on many projects.  Below are photos of it being used at  GW Square 80, and Freedom Park.  It is extremely useful for water retention areas such as rain gardens.
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GW Square 80: George Washington University
Washington, DC
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Freedom Park
Arlington, VA
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