Anamanthele lessoniana is a beautiful clump forming ornamental grass with a nice upright habit.
Its leaves are a mixture of green and bronze, turning red and orange in summer and autumn. It generally prefers full sun, but can take some shade, although, in my experience, the colouring is less fiery in shade.
Small feathery red sprays of flowers appear in summer, creating a hazy effect above the plant.
Anemanthele lessoniana works well in many different settings, as a specimen plant, punctuating a border, or in block of several plants together. It provides fantastic year round interest and is easy to maintain – just comb out dead or damaged leaves in Spring.
It is best not to cut the plant back to ground level, although it can be cut back by about half to tidy it up. However, only prune in this way in Spring and Summer, when it will regrow quickly, not in Autumn or winter.
Anemanthele lessoniana can be a fairly short lived plant (3-5) years, but it can be propagated by division and it will self-seed, so self sown seedlings can be harvested for new plants.
Plant notes: Anemanthele lessoniana
Common name: Pheasant’s tail grass, Pheasant Grass
Synonyms: Stipa Arundinacea, Oryzopsis lessoniana
The genus Anamanthele is in the Poaceae (grass) family.
Semi-evergreen perennial grass with a clump forming habit.
Prefers medium to light well-drained soil that is moderately fertile. Will tolerate heavier soils
Height: 0.5 to 1m (1.5 to 3.3 feet)
Spread: 1 to 1.5 m. (3.3 to 5 feet)
Plant calendar: Anemanthele lessoniana
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