For a low water, low maintenance ornamental grass, Mexican Feathergrass is one of my favorite garden perennials. Mexican Feathergrass is a type of “bunch grass” which first become popular as a landscape plant in the mid 90s. The plant grows between 1-2 feet in height and while green in the spring, turns a light tan in the summer with feathery fronds that wave in the breeze.
What I like about Mexican Feathergrass is how easy it is to care for. Along with minimal watering needs, it’s also pest resistant and self seeding which makes it an ideal ground cover for hard-to-grow areas of the yard. While it’s possible to grow Mexican Feathergrass from seeds you’ve collected in the fall, what has always worked for me was to dig up the baby seedlings that pop up in my Xeriscape beds in the spring. Here’s how it’s done.
For transplanting these volunteer seedlings, you will need some small pots, a trowel, a tray, a small amount of potting mix, and soil dug from the area where the seedlings are being grown.
Dig up the seedlings
I usually find one or two babies per plant which can usually be found within a foot of the main plant. To dig up these seedlings, I use my hand trowel and dig deeply enough (3-4 inches) to capture the root ball and the attached soil.
To pot the seedling, drop a bit of soil in the base of the pot, place the rootball on top, and then cover with enough soil until slightly below the crown. Sprinkle a slight scattering of potting mix over the top, and press down firmly so that the grass tuft stands up on its own.
After potting, water the Mexican Feathergrass seedling enough so that the soil is moist but not soggy. I usually keep my feathergrass seedlings in their pots for at least two months before transplanting them into my Xeriscape beds where they will need regular watering for the first growing season.
Learn 2 Grow: Mexican Feathergrass
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