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Anemanthele lessoniana

Gossamer Grass



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Anemanthele lessoniana. Gossamer Grass. “Gossamer Grass” Graceful tussock with orangey-green foliage and delicate seed-heads that wave in the wind. Hardy. Evergreen. NZ native. 80 cm x 1.3 m. 

Growing and Caring:  

  • Suitable Climate: Thrives in temperate climates, but can also tolerate mild frosts and coastal conditions. 
  • Sunlight: Requires full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. 
  • Soil Requirements: Flourishes in well-draining, fertile soils. 
  • Watering: Requires regular watering, especially during the growing season, while allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. 
  • Pruning: Trim back any dead or damaged foliage in the spring, and remove old foliage to encourage new growth. 
  • Nutrition: Feed with a balanced fertiliser in the spring to promote healthy growth. 
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. 
  • Pest and Diseases: Generally resistant to pests and diseases, but keep an eye out for slugs, snails, and rust.  

Attractive Features of Anemanthele lessoniana for Landscaping: 

  • Ornamental Grass Form: Anemanthele lessoniana’s graceful, arching foliage creates a stunning visual impact in garden borders and rockeries. 
  • Striking Color Transformation: This grass displays a coppery-orange hue during the cooler months, adding warmth and vibrancy to the landscape. 
  • All-season Interest: Anemanthele lessoniana maintains its visual appeal throughout the year, providing texture and interest in any season. 
  • Wind Resistance: Its flexible stems can sway gracefully in the wind without damage, making it an ideal option for windy locations. 
  • Versatile Planting: Suitable for both formal and informal gardens, as well as in containers or as a focal point in the landscape design. 
  • Adaptability to Various Soils: Thrives in a range of soil types, including clay loam and sandy loam soils, making it a versatile choice for different garden settings. 
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Anemanthele lessoniana requires minimal upkeep, making it an excellent option for low-maintenance landscapes. 

Additional information

Common Name

Gossamer Grass













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Amenity, Specimen

Flower Colour

Growth Aspects

Drought Resistant

Half months