The Q&A Archives: Name a plant for me, Please.

Question: Not sure of category. I believe it may be a ornamential grass. I have seen it grow as tall as 6'. It is green and tubular, and has sections ringed with brown at each section. I love it, and would like to plant some at my home. I know nothing of it and would like to know what it is, where to get it and how to plant it.

Answer: It sounds suspiciously like Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant?s Tail Grass). Like a fountain, the green, bronze and golden narrow blades are upright and arching. Slightly dry soils will intensify the copper tones of this graceful, clumping evergreen Stipa. While grown mostly for its delightful form and color, the subtle inflorescences appear as a fine mist, tinged with small purple and golden seed capsules known as awns.

Without knowing for certain whether this is the plant in question, I can only suggest you visit several local nurseries and try to find a match for the plant. Best wishes with your garden!

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