Mexican Feather Grass

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When you're unsure which grass is right for your garden, Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima) makes up your mind and doesn't disappoint. It's one of the most popular ornamental grasses for a reason, after all. With a lovely mounded form, flirty feather-like movement, and a low-maintenance attitude, Mexican Feather Grass is perfect for most gardens!

Mexican Feather Grass is adored for its fine-texture foliage that sprouts joyously from its center and arcs to and fro in the wind. These thin needle-like leaves are flexible and offer a delicate beauty not often found in grasses. They come alive in late spring with a verdant green that soon transitions to a mixture of green and gold blades.

Most people agree that the Mexican Feather Grass's real show begins in June when its leaves begin to soften to beautiful gold and its silky flowers have a chance to dance and sway in the breeze. These silky awns produce the most dazzling show as the sun plays between them. Hardy throughout USDA 7 to 11, this smaller plant grows just 12-24 inches tall when in flower and spreads 18-24 inches wide!

Planting and Application:

Brighten your garden by planting a trio of Mexican Feather Grass in your favorite sunny spot beside your pool or deck. Add texture and color to a drab spot in need of a bit more interest or plant your Mexican Feather Grass at some height in a container garden. Ideal as a fine-textured backdrop for perennials and garden edges.

Feather Grass will add a new architectural dimension wherever they are planted! Plant the easy-living Ornamental grass in a full to partial sun area en masse, along borders and tops of retaining walls to soften the edges, or even as excellent specimen plants! Even containers and planters gain a soft filler!

  • Fine-Textured Grass
  • Green, Gold, & Bronze Coloration
  • Silky Feathery Plumes
  • Wonderful Color Change All Growing Season
  • Soft Edging & Borders, Containers & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Not only is this native Ornamental Grass beloved for its looks, but it's also admired for its hardiness! It is also a trooper when it comes to heat, thriving in some of the driest, warmest regions in the U.S. Mexican Feather Grass is environmentally friendly and has improved resistance to pests and disease. Prune this cool-season grass in early spring and divide the clumps every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Cold & Heat Tolerant
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring

Did Mexican Feather Grass tickle your fancy? You're not the only one! Order yours while Nature Hills has it in stock and add some brightness and motion to your landscape.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Mexican Feather Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-11
Growing Zones 7-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Nassella tenuissima
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green, Gold & Bronze
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring