Scientific Name: Anemanthele lessoniana
Common Name: New Zealand wind grass, wind grass, pheasant grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: Australia / New Zealand
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like), Semi-evergreen
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Dense
Form: Mounded
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Perennial border, Waterside planting
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Soft flexible, Parallel venation, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Spikelet, Yellow, Jul-Aug-Sep
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Yellow, Aug-Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Semi-evergreen arching clump (tussock) with culms 60-75cm long; leaves slender, blades 400-500cm long x 4-6mm wide, long tinged orange-bronze to dark red in summer (especially in dry soils); sheaths 10-15 cm long; ligule asymmetrical, 1.5mm long; florets tiny, in reddish-brown feathery panicle-like sprays.