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Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-28

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mexican feather grass

Nassella tenuissima

Mexican feather grass -- with snow!!!

SNOWMIGOD!! Actual winter weather hit Southern California this past weekend and as you can see, havoc was wreaked! As a practicing grassaholic, I was totally stressed over how this might affect the plants, especially the Mexican feather grass, which I am madly in love with -- me and millions of other garden fanatics. This grass has become one of the most popular ornamental grasses in the West, for good reasons.

Mexican feather grass waves its delicate, bright green stems in even the gentlest breeze -- truly poetry in motion. If that's not enough, it's also incredibly easy to grow, drought tolerant, and pest free -- plus it reseeds! As an added bonus, during summer the feather-like plumes on the ends turn golden, making each grass cluster look like it's glowing from within. This picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice; later in the year, I'll post something more accurate. In the meantime, you'll just have to take my word for it.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

Feather grass is much tougher than you think. I have it here in z8. It gets "blonder" in the winter , then bounces back when the weather warms up. The only problem I've had with it in the winter is a wee bit of rot, (from all the wet weather here) which I pull out. I imagine your winters are much drier than mine though.

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Submitted by twig on

only the camellias seem to have suffered from the cold :-( The various grasses and succulents are all doing fine -- yay!!!

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Submitted by quixote on

twig, you're in SoCal, too? Whereabouts? I'm near Ventura.

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Submitted by quixote on

It's great to know that there are other unhardy Correntians!