Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima)

Mexican Feather Grass Plant Features

Every time the wind blows, the graceful foliage of Mexican feather grass dances in the wind, making it a lovely addition to any landscape or container planting. A North American native, Mexican feather grass has an upright habit with silky looking seed heads appearing in the summer. This sun-loving plant grows 18 to 24 inches tall and, once established, is relatively drought resistant. Mexican feather grass is also a good choice for erosion control on exposed hillsides. Mexican feather grass is relatively deer resistant.  Occasionally, Mexican feather grass is sold under the name Stipa, hair grass, or ponytail grass.

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Mexican Feather Grass Growing Instructions

Mexican feather grass grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. This hardy grass likes life on the dry side and will suffer if planted in areas with heavy, wet soil. You can also grow Mexican feather grass in pots and planters. Mexican feather grass will often self sow from seed which is ideal if you are using this plant as a ground cover. Songbirds are also attracted to the plant's nutritious seeds.

Mexican feather grass is not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Deer/rabbit resistant


Complement your Mexican Feather Grass

Black-Eyed Susan
Add some extra sparkle to a hillside of Mexican Feather grass with Black-eyed Susan.

The sunny yellow flowers of Coreopsis look terrific interplanted around clumps of Mexican Feather grass.

All varieties of Sedum make good partners for Mexican Feather grass.