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Pretty feather grass

For a long time I admired the pretty Mexican Feather Grass on many blogs including The Whimsical Gardener (Austin, Texas), Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides (Lazio, Italy) and my local favourite, Elephant’s Eye (Western Cape, South Africa). I really love the look of it and decided I wanted this in my garden. But I’ve learnt over the past few months that the nurseries stock things here in cycles. Mexican Feather Grass has not been on the “availability list” since I’ve been looking for it (off season I’m assuming).

I mentioned this to my Mom who was very excited to find a few packets of seed in her local Garden Centre and she posted me all that was left on their shelves. Each little packet came with 25 seeds. The first packet I planted was a flop (I’m guessing I planted it too early in our season). As the weather started to warm up I tried again with the remaining few packets and look what we have now …

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Typical though, Murphy’s Law and all that, no sooner were my seedlings looking like they might actually morph into that lovely grass I’ve seen on the blogs, when I found two at a nursery about two weeks ago. Of course I bought them and planted them … Aren’t they pretty?

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I’m really looking forward to having more of it in my garden although I’ve been warned that it reseeds itself like crazy and can become invasive. Fortunately I like weeding so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for me.

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

9 replies on “Pretty feather grass”

It is a lovely grass. Even though you found them in the nursery finally, it just means you’ll have a few extra to get started! I hope it doesn’t misbehave too much in your garden though. I once had an unruly Pennisetum grass that more than kept me on my toes! 😉

Well, it is pretty, but I wouldn’t want to have to continually weed it out. This reminds me of a story about a woman that planted grasses. Someone asked her if they were invasive. She said, “No – I never see them coming up in my garden.” Really? I heard they were invasive. Pressed, she answered, “Well, I do see lots of them coming up throughout the neighborhood! I just haven’t told them I’m the one with grasses in the back!” 🙂 Hope your neighbors want some of this grass!

Hi Christine. Well really it’s like when you throw away a sock because you’ve lost the other part of the pair and then immediately the lost sock appears so you have half a pair again. It’s like that with the seeds. Well not exactly because in this case you ended up with several lovely pairs of socks. 🙂

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