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Nassella tenuissima

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: average

Height: 18"-24"

Bloom Time: June, July

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Nassella tenuissima (finestem needlegrass)
  • Nassella tenuissima (finestem needlegrass)
  • Nassella tenuissima (finestem needlegrass)
  • Nassella tenuissima (finestem needlegrass)

Pricing & Availability


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Nassella tenuissima

Also known as:

finestem needlegrass


Mexican feather grass


Mexican wire grass


ponytail grass


Texas tussock

Scientific Synonyms:

Stipa tenuissima

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Nassella needlegrass
Species Nassella tenuissima finestem needlegrass