It's tough to beat Nasella tenuissima for native grasses in the xeric landscape. When looking for ideas for my own yard, I was quickly drawn to the large swaths of softly waving grasses in commercial landscaping around town. Commonly known as Mexican Feather Grass or needle grass its showy tresses swish in even the gentlest of breezes and add beautiful texture to local gardens in every season. Native to west Texas, eastern New Mexico, and south across the border into Mexico it is at home planted here in central Texas just outside its native habitat.
The graceful grasses really shine in the front yard where I have used them to soften the edges of the driveway. Heat and sun are not a problem for this tough plant. These were planted by dividing several pots into tiny plugs last spring so you can see how quickly they've grown with only occasional supplemental watering. They are beginning to take on the blonder colors of fall now. If I find the plants are getting brown, I just reach in and remove the spent stems to refresh them.
They reseed prolifically and several have planted themselves in gravel across the drive near the street. Starting from a tiny seed last spring this one has grown impressively fast so be prepared to pull them out if you want to keep them in place. Mexican feather grass is considered invasive in some areas so check before you plant if you live in an environmentally sensitive area.
Nasella Tenussima is an easy care, easy grow plant and an asset for the xeric garden.
The ABCs of Plants in my Garden series highlights individual plants in my garden and my experience with them. I have created a reference page under the tab at the top.