Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, fragrant flowers, ornamental foliage
Pricing & Availability
Stenanthium gramineumAlso known as:
Stenanthium gramineum is striking plant, and member of the Lily family. Its bright green, grass-like basal foliage can easily be confused with that of a grass or a sedge. However, its flowering spike is unmistakable: shooting up to a height of 5', the inflorescence forms a broad plume, dense with white fragrant flowers.
Eastern featherbells is easy to grow under typical garden conditions. It tolerates average soil, but performs best in slightly acidic, well-drained soil, rich in organic material. Aside from deep shade, it can be grown under any light condition. For the most impressive flower performance, it is best cultivated in full sun, although it might require supplemental watering to keep the soil consistently moist. It enjoys a long blooming period of 6 weeks, or more, beginning mid to late summer and possibly extending until frost. Zones 5-9
Mature clumps can be divided while dormant or in early spring. Best propagated from seed. Although naturalizing, this is not an aggressive species.
Commercially underutilized, this is rare species in the wild, worthy of more attention. Its basal foliage provides the visual interest of a grass, and its tall, dense, feather-like panicles are a show-stopper late in the growing season.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: FL, IL, IN
- Threatened: MD, OH
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