Stipa barbata

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Stipa barbata last night before sundown, appearing bioluminescent in the dwindling light, whipsawing back and forth in the late afternoon breeze like some flagelliform creature in an aquarium.
Still photos really can’t do it justice. I need to work on my video skills. In the calm of this morning, the grass was limp, docile, almost ordinary.

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These two clumps have a lot of growing left to do. This grass is famously slow to bulk up and stingy with its seed too.
But in a breeze, they are as mesmerizing as — I don’t know, the last time I watched the jellyfish at the Long Beach Aquarium.
That kind of mesmerizing.

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4 Responses to Stipa barbata

  1. Tim says:

    Great photos even if they are stills. I fell in love with this grass last autumn because of some great photos and bought seeds. Planted them indoors and out; no germination. Maybe there’s hope? Cheers.

  2. Kris P says:

    I’m ever on the prowl for grasses but I haven’t tried this one. Is it thirsty? Annie’s says “average water,” whatever that means.

  3. hoov says:

    Poetic photos as well as words. Stingy with seed is good when it comes to grasses.

  4. Denise says:

    @Tim, I did check for video and found one that Scott/Rhone Street Gardens did a few years back!
    @Kris, I found this local but Annie does carry it. I’m guessing less than average water would be OK.
    @Hoov, I would have liked a sharper focus than poetic, but the darn grass wouldn’t stay still!

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