Stipa arundinacea

Stipa arundinacea photographed at the New Zealand Garden, Savill Garden, Windsor, UK

Stipa arundinacea (syn Anemanthele lessoniana) is a grass that forms medium size mounds of yellowish to golden-brown arching leaves, growing to 30 in (80 cm) high. The flower stems can reach about 12–60 in (30–150 cm); the flowers form a drooping panicle.

Stipa arundinacea is found in open bush to the east of North Island and South Island, New Zealand. An open site is needed to give the best colour, as in shade it becomes green.

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