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What grass is this?!

Tom68Tom68 Posts: 20
Could someone help me identify what type of grass this is please? It was about a metre high and in clumps. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,093
    Hi @Tom68 - not sure but could be a Deschampsia of some kind, or Calamagrostis. Is the foliage 'flat' or is it more like a reed, with a solid feel to it? I can't make my mind up from the photos.

    I'm sure someone will offer more ideas - and hopefully the correct ID  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,868
    Achnatherum calamagrostis [aka Stipa].... very easy from seed...  
    East Anglia, England
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,093
    I wondered about it being a Stipa @Marlorena, but it looked very hefty, which made me think otherwise.
    I suppose i was thinking of the usual one though - tenuissima.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Is this the grass that Monty grew from seed, and last week commented that the grass was unruly, had dominated his (Jewel or Peace) garden?  He cut the lovely tops off, which I thought was the reason for growing this grass in the first place - like a lot of plants these grasses need space to flourish and show their special features.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,711
    It does not look like any Stipa that I know / grow, but I could be wrong.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,139
    No, @Guernsey Donkey2, it is not Monty's stipa tenuissima.   Nor do I think it's the giant oat form, stipa gigantea.

    Could be this one - 
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,236
    I think Marlorena is correct. 

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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,236
    It doesn't seem very popular any more - perhaps it's a troublesome self seeder?
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,868
    I don't find it troublesome  but it does self seed... sometimes in places where you don't really want it... I haven't got round to moving this one...

    East Anglia, England
  • Tom68Tom68 Posts: 20
    Thanks all! Looks like the stipa calamagrostis is the one I’m after. I’ll get myself some seeds. 
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