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NASSELLA tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

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Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

NASSELLA tenuissima 'Pony Tails'

Plant Common Name

Finestem Needlegrass, Mexican Feather Grass, Pony Tails Grass

General Description

Grown for its fine, hair-like blades and beautiful feathery floral plumes, ‘Pony Tails’ is a heat-loving grass that is sure to please. The fine, bright green strands of this perennial bunch grass cascade loosely like flowing hair. In summer it bears soft, fluffy, silver-green panicles with long awns (bristle-like hairs) that move in the slightest breeze.

A native of the dry, open prairies of the southwestern United States and rocky slopes of Mexico, Mexican feather grass can withstand substantial heat and drought. In colder climates it will turn tan in the winter, but in milder areas it’s evergreen. This attractive ornamental requires perfectly drained soil and looks great in sunny borders, containers and rock gardens. Plant ‘Pony Tails’ among colorful upright stonecrops, blanket flowers and dwarf agastaches for a super summer show.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20"-36" / 50.8cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    22"-36" / 55.9cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Texas, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes