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The Problem with Mexican Feather Grass + 5 Alternatives to Plant Instead

Mexican feather grass, or Stipa tenuissuma, is a beautiful grass but it's invasive in California. Learn why and plant these 5 awesome alternatives instead!

In addition to the ridiculous cactus that I’ve been working on removing from my front yard, I’ve also been pulling out another undesirable: Stipa tenuissima or Mexican feather grass. You are likely familiar with this plant. If you don’t have it in your yard, your neighbor probably does, or the restaurant down the street. It’s a common ornamental grass used in both home and commercial landscapes. Also known by a newer botanical name, Nassella tenuissima, it grows in clumps 1-3 feet tall.…

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