(Gramineae/Poaceae). Feather Grass. Genus of 17-20 species of vigorous, deciduous herbaceous perennial grasses, tufted or rhizomatous. Occur in moist meadows and marshland from Africa to E. Asia. The reed like stem bear linear, folded, arching, light or mid green leaves. Fountain, vase shaped grass, the leaves keep for a long time. Some have bandings on leaves or silver variegation.
Dense, terminal arching panicles of silky-hairy spikelets ranging from copper red to silver white are borne in late summer and autumn. Flowerheads are more numerous following long hot summers and are good for cutting. The dying growth provides russet autumn colours. Good as a free standing specimen, for mixed borders or watersides. Some dwarf varieties but most are large. Architectural plant.
Tolerant of most conditions but prefer moist, well drained, moderately fertile soils in full sun