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Stipa Lessingiana

Stipa Lessingiana

Lessing feather grass

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Organic Stipa Lessingiana - Lessing Feather Grass 

🌿 This organic Stipa Lessingiana is also known as Lessing feather grass. It's a stunning ornamental grass that adds texture, movement, and beauty to any garden. This perennial grass is native to the steppes of Eurasia, from Greece to Mongolia, and has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. It is a hardy, drought-tolerant, and low-maintenance plant that thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It produces graceful, feathery panicles of pale yellow-brown flowers in summer, which dry to a buff colour in autumn and persist through winter. Our Stipa Lessingiana is a sustainably grown, carbon-sequestering, and wildlife-friendly plant that will enhance your garden with its elegant and natural charm.

🌞 Features:

🌱 Flowers: Stipa Lessingiana produces narrow, arching, silvery-green flower panicles in summer, which turn to a pale yellow-brown colour in autumn. The flowers are wispy, airy, and delicate, creating a soft and ethereal effect in the garden. The flowers are also great for cutting and drying, as they retain their shape and colour for a long time.

🌿 Habit: Stipa Lessingiana is a densely tufted, deciduous perennial grass that grows up to 1 metre tall and 0.5 metre wide. It has upright, narrowly linear, bright green leaves that are folded or rolled. The leaves turn brown in winter, but do not shed, providing year-round interest and structure in the garden.

🏡 Landscaping: Stipa Lessingiana is a versatile and attractive plant that can be used in various landscaping styles and settings. It can be planted as a specimen, in groups, or in mixed borders with other perennials, shrubs, or grasses. It can also be used as a ground cover, a container plant, or an edging plant. Stipa Lessingiana adds texture, movement, and colour to the garden, especially when the wind catches its feathery flowers. It also creates a beautiful contrast with other plants, like lavenders, salvias, or echinacea.

🌸 Low Maintenance:

Stipa Lessingiana is a low-maintenance plant that does not require much care or attention. It is drought-tolerant, frost-hardy, and pest- and disease-free and does not need regular watering, fertilising, or pruning. The only care it needs is to cut back all the dead leaves and stems in late winter or early spring, before the new growth begins. This will keep the plant tidy and healthy, and encourage fresh and vigorous growth.

🍂 Year-round Interest: Stipa Lessingiana is a plant that offers year-round interest and beauty in the garden. In spring, it produces fresh and bright green leaves that contrast with the brown stems. In summer, it produces stunning and airy flower panicles that sway in the breeze and catch the light. In autumn, it changes colour to a pale yellow-brown, adding warmth and richness to the garden. In winter, it retains its dried flowers and leaves, creating a striking and architectural effect in the garden. Stipa Lessingiana is a plant that never fails to impress, no matter the season.

🏡 Garden Uses: Stipa Lessingiana is a plant that can be used in various ways in the garden, depending on your preference and style. Here are some possible garden uses for this ornamental grass:

  • Use it as a focal point in a sunny border, where its height, texture, and movement will draw attention and create interest.
  • Use it as a backdrop to contrast and harmonise with other grasses, perennials, and shrubs.
  • Suppress weeds and create a carpet of green and brown by using Stipa Lessiniana as ground cover, filling bare patches in the border.
  • Its drought tolerance and year round interest makes it an excellent container plant, where it will add height and elegance to your patio or balconey.
  • Plant it to define and soften the edges of your paths, beds, or borders.
  • Consider using stems in a cut flower arrangement, where it will add grace and beauty to your bouquets, arrangements, or vases.
  • Use it as a dried flower, where it will last for months and years, and decorate your home, office, or craft projects.

🌱 How to Care For Stipa Lessingiana

Stipa Lessingiana is a very easy and rewarding plant to grow and care for.

🌞 Plant it in full sun, in a well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Avoid heavy, wet, or clay soils, as they may cause root rot or fungal diseases.

🌧️ Water it sparingly, only when the soil is dry. Do not overwater, as it may cause the plant to flop or die. Stipa Lessingiana is very drought-tolerant, and can survive long periods of dryness.

🌱 Fertilise it lightly, once a year in spring, with a balanced, organic fertiliser if your soil needs improvement. Do not over fertilise, as it may cause the plant to grow too fast or too tall, and lose its shape and form

.✂️ Prune it once a year, in late winter or early spring, before the new growth begins. Cut back all the dead leaves and stems to the ground, using sharp and clean scissors or shears. This will keep the plant tidy and healthy, and encourage fresh and vigorous growth.

🪴 Divide it every few years, in spring or autumn, to maintain its vigour and prevent overcrowding. Dig up the plant, and split it into smaller sections, using a sharp and clean knife or spade. Replant the sections in new locations, or share them with your friends or neighbours.

🚫 Is Stipa Lessingiana Invasive?

Stipa Lessingiana is not invasive, and does not pose a threat to the environment or native plants. It is a clump-forming plant that doesn't spread and doesn't self-seed prolifically. It is a well-behaved and controlled plant that stays within its boundaries,.

🌍 Carbon Sequestering Plant

Stipa Lessingiana is a carbon sequestering plant,helping to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, helping you to fight climate change in your own garden. Plants are natural carbon sequesters, as they use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and store it in their biomass. Stipa Lessingiana is a particularly effective carbon sequester, as it has a high biomass production, a long lifespan, and a low decomposition rate. It also has a deep and extensive root system, that stores carbon in the soil, and improves its quality and structure. By growing Stipa Lessingiana in your garden, you are not only enhancing its beauty and diversity, but also helping the environment and the planet.

🌼 Why Choose Stipa Lessingiana?

Stipa Lessingiana is a plant that offers many benefits and advantages for your garden and your well-being. Here are some reasons why you should choose Stipa Lessingiana for your garden:

  • It is a stunning and elegant ornamental grass, that adds texture, movement, and beauty to any garden.
  • It is a hardy and resilient plant, that can withstand harsh conditions, such as drought, frost, and pests.
  • It is a low-maintenance plant, that does not require much care or attention, and saves you time and money.
  • It is a year-round plant, that provides interest and structure in every season, and never goes out of style.
  • It is an organic and eco-friendly plant, that does not need any chemicals or pesticides, and helps to reduce carbon dioxide and improve soil health.
  • It is a wildlife-friendly plant, that attracts and supports pollinators, birds, and other beneficial animals, and enhances biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • It is a versatile and adaptable plant, that can be used in various ways and styles, and suits any garden size and type

🐾 Beneficial to Wildlife

Stipa Lessingiana plays a crucial role in bolstering wildlife populations. Similar to numerous ornamental grasses, it serves as a source of winter sustenance for seed-eating birds while offering shelter to small mammals and insects. Combining it with other grassland or prairie plants can create a really beautiful, but also inviting environment that attracts a diverse array of beneficial insects to your garden. 🐞

🌱 Chemical-Free Gardening

If like me you are committed to supporting pollinators and insect populations, you can be confident that our plants are cultivated without the use of pesticides or herbicides. There's no danger of harmful chemical residues affecting insects. Your garden can flourish naturally, fostering a harmonious ecosystem.

🌱 Our Organic Approach

At our organic plant nursery, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality and healthiest plants, while respecting and protecting the environment and nature. We follow organic principles and practices, such as:

  • Using only approved organic fertilisers and soil association certified organic compost, that nourish the soil and the plants, and do not harm wildlife or water sources.
  • Avoiding any synthetic or chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, that may damage the plants, the soil, or the ecosystem, and opting for natural and biological methods of pest and disease control, such as companion planting, crop rotation, or beneficial insects.
  • Using fully renewable and sustainable sources of energy and water that reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

♻️ Eco-friendly Plants

We are dedicated to eco-consciousness. Did you know that nearly half a billion plastic pots find their way into UK landfills each year? Our approach is different: we use wood fiber pots or wooden troughs for potting our plants, effectively minimising waste. I meticulously prepare and deliver them using carbon offset delivery by Royal Mail, which is already the lowest carbon footprint parcel service - ensuring a hassle-free and environmentally sustainable experience.

🌾 Choose Lessing Feather Grass and let your garden bloom naturally. Begin your journey to a more beautiful, eco-friendly garden today! 🌾🌼✨

Plant care guide

How do you plant ornamental grasses?

Dig a hole slightly larger than the rootball size, but no deeper. Most grasses like to stay on the drier side (check plant details), so if your soil is a bit heavier than ideal make the hole slightly shallower than the root ball so the surface of the rootball sits proud of the ground and ad organic matter around the circumference in a berm to sop water pooling

Water the hole and if the plant rootball doesn't seem moist pre-soak the hessian contained rootball until it is saturated (no more bubbles rise to the surface).

There is normally no need to add compost to the hole if you have an established garden with healthy plants already growing. If you have a newbuild property or poor growth to existing plans chances are that your whole fowerbed needs improving with organic matter. If you have heavy soil grasses some may struggle so consider topdressing plenty of organic matter over a few years before choosing grasses.

Place the rootball in the hole. You can remove the hessian sacking it came in, or just remove the staple/twine and open the top once it's in the ground so the plant is free. The roots will easily grow through and the hessian will decompose. Back fill the surrounding area with the dug soil. Do not firm the soil down hard! Roots need air and water and hard compacted soil prevents them from getting both.

Once planted water the plant in well and then water again whenever the soil starts to dry out under the surface for the first year. Be careful not to overwater.

Mulching with something like woodchips around the plant after watering will help the soil to retain the moisture in hot weather. Perennial's Grasses ofen have deciduous foliage that will die off in the winter - this can be left up as looks attractive and also provides a habitat for overwintering insects.

When to plant ornamental grasses in the UK?

Perennial plants can be planted out in the garden or in pots from spring, through the summer, to the autumn. During dry weather and especially during the summer much closer attention needs to be given to watering in the first year.

If planting in hot weather, cut the foliage and flowers back. Your new plant will not be taking up much water until established so may struggle if the leaves lose more water than the roots can absorb. For the strongest result do not allow to flower or at least to set seed in the first year.

Where to plant ornamental grass?

Check the plant info at the bottom of the page for the best place to position your new plant. If it prefers sun and you plant it in a north facing flowerbed next to a wall don't expect it to thrive or flower.

Pay attention to the soil. If it is heavy clay, incorporate organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting your grass, preferably to the whole flowerbed. This will improve the soil by buffering it's water and nutrient holding ability. It is preferable to not just plonk compost in the bottom of the hole as it will not improve the overall condition of the soil surrounding your new plant. Do not add a layer of gravel or grit to the bottom of the hole as this will merely cause the perched water table to be higher. It will not improve drainage.

How do you care for perennial grasses?

Cut back untidy foliage in the spring (you can leave the clippings on the flower bed to allow the nutrients to recycle into the soil). Divide every 3 to 5 years as the centre dies out and replant your extra plants! Perennial grasses come back every year. Some are longer living than others.

Should ornamental grasses be fertilised?

The vast majority of garden soils contain plenty of nutrients, but if your garden is in a newly built development there is a good chance a thin layer of topsoil has been added on top of infertile subsoil. if that is the case, compost, soil improver or well rotted manure can be spread on the flower bed and dug in, or alternatively for those short of time or energy, organic fertiliser such as our own special organic mix of bone meal, hoof and horn and vinaase that is an organic, sustainable alternative to the John Innes formula, can be sprinkled around the plant with some compost added to the planting hole.

Delivery £5 flat rate or FREE over £50 spend.

I charge a flat rate of £5 for postage and packaging to all of Britain, including the Highlands and the Isle of Man, with free delivery for orders over £50. We are unable to send plants to Northern Ireland.

I use Royal Mail for our deliveries as they have the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK and actually tend to look after parcels rather than just chucking them over the nearest fence! This ensures that your plants will have the best care possible.

Please have a Safe Place set up if possible so your plants are not returned to the sorting office if no one is home to accept the delivery.

I try to dispatch plants twice a week and you will receive updates by text or email. In cases of extreme weather or if Royal Mail has a hiccup the delivery may be delayed but we'll keep you in the loop.

I'm unable to deliver to the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland.

The LAWNMOWER Guarantee

Healthy plants & happy customers

Your plant will only be dispatched if I'm happy it is healthy. The nature of growing the plants in large troughs means that the root system will be trimmed before they are balled in hessian, and therefore, depending on the time of year, the top growth may also be trimmed to make sure the roots are able to supply the water and nutrients your new plant requires.

Pruning encourages new growth and this applies to roots as well so a pruned plant actually results in a stronger plant.

The LAWNMOWER guarantee.

If you're not happy with your plants for any reason, even if you've run them over with your lawnmower, just pop them in a box (the plants, not the mower!) and post them back to us within 1 year for a replacement or refund.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

For full details check out the Refunds and Returns Policy.


Eco-friendly business

Fed up with plants grown in plastic pots which are doused in herbicides and sprayed with synthetic chemicals by big nurseries who merrily burn through finite resources, fly plants in from abroad on jet planes, irresponsibly use peat and coir, kill any insect nearby with non-selective pesticides and generally only think of the bottom line?

So are we!

How we grow plants sustainably

Our plants are started in coldframes or inside our house, grown-on woodfibre pots or in reclaimed wooden troughs which are then carefully harvested and balled and burlapped (hessian wrap securing the rootball), before packing plastic free in a eco cardboard box from a certified B-corp carbon neutral supplier. Some plants are grown in 8cm woodfibre pots.

Sustainable and organic compost & fertiliser

Our Soil Association certified organic compost is bought in bulk without plastic bags from Dalefoot Compost, and consists of sheep wool, bracken and comfrey. This naturally feeds the plants for 12 months. If supplemental feeding is required we only use our own special blend of organic fertilisers (bone meal, hoof & horn and vinaase) which have been processed with solar energy.

Carbon Neutral business

The small amount of electricity we use is from renewable sources and we irrigate our plants with stored water we have harvested. Plus, we are using our house and land for more than one purpose, preventing further land use and utilising the sunk carbon cost of the building rather than creating more.

We have partnered with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our emissions, and recognise that we are not in control of all parts of the supply chain so have fully offset scopes 1, 2 and 3 to take that in to account - so that's all emissions connected to our business, from the farts coming out of the back of the sheep, to the carbon dioxide from the delivery van outside your door.

We don't just offset and carry on, ALL the decisions we make work to reduce emissions - for instance we use Royal Mail to post our plants as they have by far the lowest carbon footprint per parcel delivered in the UK.

Stipa Lessingiana

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Full Sun
Broad PH tolerance
Well drained
H 1 m X W 0.8 m
Summer, Autumn, and Winter
Overwintering protection

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