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How to Care for Mexican Feather Grass

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Mexican feather grass is one of the loveliest of all the ornamental grasses, and retains its beauty from spring until early winter. In spring, Mexican feather grass can brighten up any landscape with its bright green color. In summer, feathery plumes will emerge from the grass, turning from green to golden as the summer progresses. Mexican feather grass is smaller than many ornamental grasses, and will be about 30 inches tall at maturity. Plant Mexican feather grass, and once it's established, it will require almost no maintenance.

Plant Mexican feather grass in well-drained soil, in sun or light shade. If you are planting more then one clump, plant the clumps approximately 18 inches apart. If you live in a climate where the winter temperatures routinely fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, plant Mexican feather grass in a container and bring it indoors during the winter.

Keep the soil damp for the first growing season, but don't water to the point that the soil is saturated. After the first year, normal rainfall will be adequate. Mexican feather grass is very drought resistant.

Prune Mexican feather grass in late winter, leaving only a few inches of grass. New foliage will appear in spring.

Care For A Mexican Sage

Water Mexican sage about once weekly during dry weather, or when the top 2 inches of soil feels dry. Although drought tolerant, Mexican sage flowers best with regular irrigation that keeps the soil moist but not soggy. Frequent dead flower removal encourages continued flowering. Trim back any overgrown stems throughout the summer growing season. Prune out any winter-killed stems in spring when growth resumes. The old dead stems protect the crown of the plant through winter.

Tip

To dry Mexican feather grass for indoor arrangements, simply gather a bunch of grass, along with the long stems, and bind the grass together with rubber bands. Hang the Mexican feather grass upside down in a cool, well-ventilated room. To prevent the grass from shedding, spray it lightly with aerosol hair spray.

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