Ornamental grasses are fantastic for softening hard landscaping and using as a contrast to plants with bold outlines.
A favourite specimen plant with long, silky, silver plumes - it looks wonderful in any garden. These plumes are also excellent in dried flower arrangements.
Flower stems also suitable for drying.
Sow in Spring in trays or pots of seed compost on the surface , do not cover the seed as light is needed for germination.
Compost must be kept moist. Leave tray or pot uncovered in a bright, sunny position.
Maintain a temperature between 15 – 21 °C (60-70°f)
When seedlings are large enough to handle pot on individually and harden off outside as soon as possible
Plant out to final position in late summer. Remarkably tough and adaptable, but it will prefer an open, sunny spot with good air circulation and fairly fertile, well-drained soil (it does not like it too wet). Add grit and lightweight compost to heavy soil, and lots of well-rotted organic matter to thin dry soil. A major advantage is that it is incredibly drought-tolerant and shouldn't need watering except at planting.
Flowers – Autumn / winter, A hardy perennial that flowers 2-3 years after sowing
Cut back the flowering stems and old foliage in spring. Use loppers and secateurs be careful as the leaves have sharp edges and that give a nasty cut.
Propagate using a sharp spade, divide a section of the plant from the parent in spring or autumn, then pot on or plant directly into prepared garden soil.