Stipa gigantea 'Gold Fontaene'
golden oats 'Gold Fontaene'
A very large, clump-forming, evergreen grass with tough, narrow, arching leaves and huge, branching panicles of pale gold, oat-like flowers reaching to 3m, in summer and autumn
Ultimate height2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Stipa can be evergreen or deciduous, mostly perennial grasses with arching, folded or rolled, linear leaves and narrow panicles of often long-awned spikelets in summer and autumn
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in medium to light, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Divide every few years in late winter to early spring to retain vigour. See ornamental grasses cultivation
Propagate by division in late winter to early spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Low Maintenance
- Flower borders and beds
Remove dead foliage and old flowering stems in spring
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