Stenanthium gramineum

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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

Height: 3'-5'

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

Stenanthium gramineum (eastern featherbells)
  • Stenanthium gramineum (eastern featherbells)
  • Stenanthium gramineum (eastern featherbells)
  • Stenanthium gramineum (eastern featherbells)

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Description

Stenanthium gramineum

Also known as:

eastern featherbells

,

grass-leaved lily

,

featherbells

,

feather-bells

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Stenanthium gramineum is striking plant, 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.

Cultivation

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 along blooming period of 6 weeks, or more, beginning mid to late summer and possibly extending until frost. Zones 5-9

Propagation

Mature clumps can be divided while dormant or in early spring. Best propagated from seed. Although naturalizing, this is not an aggressive species.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Stenanthium featherbells
Species Stenanthium gramineum eastern featherbells