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The grass Stipa barbata, which is also called as Silver Feather grass, is a species of perennial grass.
Some details about Stipa Barbata
This grass is native to many geographic regions
• Southern Europe
• North Africa
• The Levant in the Mediterranean Basin
• Temperate Asia
The plant is a bunchgrass with the following characteristics:
• Culms which are 30 to 60 cm long
• Flexuous leaf blades
• Filiform: Leaf shapes that are Thread- or filament-shaped
• Conduplicate: Leaves that are folded lengthwise along the middle
• Involute: Curled inwards
• Leaf blades are 15–30 cm long by 1–2 mm wide
• The grass is a beautiful and a slow growing grass.
• It forms a foliage clump.
• They appear in June and July.
• It forms dramatic feather-like awns that are extremely long.
• The silvery silky plumes wave and undulate in the slightest breeze.
• The awns end in one seed.
• Stipa is a genus which consists of about 300 large perennial hermaphroditic grasses.
• Many species are important forage crops.
• One of the species is used for crafts and extensively used in paper making.
• Species belonging to the genus Stipa usually occur in grasslands or in savanna habitats.
Scientific Classification of the grass (for those who are interested in more scientific description):
• Kingdom: Plantae
• Order: Poales
• Family: Poaceae
• Genus: Stipa
• Species: S. barbata
• Binomial name: Stipa barbata
• The plant prefers hardiness of USDA Zones 6-10.
• Prepare the planting site by removing all vegetation and loosening the soil.
• The depth of the soil should be eight to ten inches.
• Prepare a planting hole that is two times the width and equal to the depth of the root system of the stipa species.
• Plant the roots at the level at which they were originally growing (so you do need to know this amount of information – ask the place from where you get the plant)
• Cover these roots with the loosened soil.
• Water the grass following planting till the soil is uniformly moist, however if the upper inch of the soil does not feel moist after planting, provide additional moisture.
• Water only during drought conditions as soon as the stipa species are well-established.
• Apply 1 pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer to every 100 feet square of planting space in spring, just as growth starts, mixing the moisture with the surface level of the soil.
• Water the grass deeply.
• Pull a rake through the clumps at the end of winter to eliminate loose foliage.
• Trim the plants back, during late winter, doing this more for the look, else the foliage looks messy.
• Divide large clumps of Stipa species in spring.
• The plant needs full sun, light to full shade.
• It needs moist fertile soil.
• However, it is adaptable to several soil types.