Pheasant's tail grass

Anemanthele lessoniana (syn. stipa arundinacea)

Pheasant's tail grass - Anemanthele lessoniana  (syn. stipa arundinacea)

Common Name: Pheasant's tail grass
Genus: Anemanthele
Species: lessoniana (syn. stipa arundinacea)

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Gold, GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained



One of the best and most versatile evergreen grasses this will thrive in sun or shade and glows shades of copper gold and bronze in the autumn, hence its common name Pheasantís Tail Grass. It has a soft arching habit so plant it among shrubs for textural contrast or in a mixed or herbaceous border.

  • Garden care: In spring tease out dead foliage by gently running your fingers through it as if it were hair. It may self-seed but simply pull out seedlings when you see them.