Stipa capillata

Common Name: needle grass 
Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Native Range: Asia, Europe
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy


Grow in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Propagate by seed.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Stipa capillata is a tufted perennial grass that is native to steppes and slopes in Europe and Asia. It typically grows in a clump to 2-3' tall with narrow, erect, glaucous, filiform, blue-green leaf blades. Blooms in summer. Silvery-white flower panicles with hair-like awns to 5" long make this grass an attractive addition to the landscape. Sharply pointed seeds give rise to the common name of needle grass. Additional common names include spear grass and feather grass.

Genus name comes from the Greek word stuppe meaning tow from the feathery inflorescence on these perennial grasses.

Specific epithet means with fine hairs.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Feathery awns are quite showy as this grass sways in the wind in summer. Specimen or small groups.