Nassella Stipa tenuissima, Mexican Feather Grass, Silky Thread Grass, Mexican Needle Grass, Pony Tails

Mexican Feathergrass

Nassella tenuissima

Common Names: Silky Thread Grass, Mexican Needle Grass, Pony Tails

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 1′ – 3′

Spacing/Spread: 1′ – 3′

Evergreen: No, plant is deciduous.

Color: Brown/Cream seed heades.

Interest: Spring.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: Yes, plant is Texas native.


Wildlife habitat:

Features: A low maintenance low growing ornamental grass. Texas native. Drought tolerant. Full sun/Part shade.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Mexican Feather Grass is a graceful short growing ornamental grass. Don’t let this gentle Texas native to confuse you: It is hard as nails, fuss free and requires very modest amounts of watering. We love designing Mexican Feathergrass in our xeriscape flowerbeds  with other plants that will complement or contrast it’s elegant and soft form. Especially beautiful when planted a mass with some large specimen agaves. A wonderful choice for Austin xeriscape landscapers.”



Family: Poaceae (Pronounced – poh-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Stipa (Pronounced –STEE-pa)

Species: Tenuissima (Pronounced –ten-yoo-ISS-ee-muh)

Propagation: Seeds, root ball division.



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