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KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,630

I purchased 2 Stipa Gigantea a year ago.  One has flourished and flowered, but the other one has not flowered, and the foliage has a red tinge, which is not unattractive.  Has anybody seen a Stipa Gigantea with red foliage? Could this be something else entirely



, or is it just an immature plant that might take another year or so to flower?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    No I don't think that's Stipa gigantea

    Can you take a photo that includes the whole plant. image

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,299

    Its definitely not S. gigantea, although not sure what it is.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,002

    Looks like Stipa arundinacea, or pheasant grass, also known as Anemanthele.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Iwondered about that Buttercup but thought it looked a bit stiff. Would like to see the whole plantimage

  • Dave2356Dave2356 Posts: 42

    Is it scirocco maybe?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    That's a cultivar of the Anamathele lessoniana/Stipa arundincea isn't it.

    It probably is. Best guess unless we see the whole thing and change our mindsimage

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,630

    I think you're right about S. Arundinacea/Anom. Less.  Hadn't heard of that one before, but the copper/red colour looks very similar.  Have attached a full photo.  Nowhere near as nice as Gigantea, and I bought them as a pair, as they are in pots flanking some stairs.  Time to relocate it and buy another Gigantea.  Pesky garden centres, and this was from a usually reliable one.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Yes, that's the one. It does well in shade if you have a spot suitable. It does self seed (when it flowers) and I let them grow til they're full of dead stuff and then discard. I've never cut one back to remove the dead stuff which might be worth trying.

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