Stipa gigantea

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Stipa gigantea
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Stipa
Species: S. gigantea
Binomial name
Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea, commonly called giant feather grass, giant needle grass, or golden oats, is a bunchgrass in the genus Stipa, native to southern Europe. It occurs in Spain and other Mediterranean countries.[1]


Stipa gigantea has leaf blades that are narrow and gray-green, creating a bunchgrass foliage mass 2–3 feet (0.61–0.91 m) in diameter. It is evergreen to semi-evergreen, depending on the climate.[2]

The plant has prominent flower spikes emerging silver-laveneder in the late spring, aging to a radiant golden over the summer, and persisting in tan into winter. The spikes typically grow to 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, rising high above the foliage.[1][2]


Stipa gigantea is grown as an ornamental grass for planting as single specimens and massed drifts in parks, public landscapes, and gardens.[1] It is used in drought tolerant and Mediterranean climate—plant palette gardens.[2]

The tall golden flower spikes are attractive on the plant, especially radiant when backlit by the sun.[3] They may also be used for dried flowers.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

See also[edit]


  • European Garden Flora, volume II.

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