Tiger Grass (Thysanolaena maxima) 



Beautiful Tiger Grass can be the perfect bamboo alternative, Tiger Grass (Thysanolaena maxima) is great as a fast growing screening or feature plant. This striking plant, originally from Thailand, looks like bamboo but it’s actually a different kind of perennial grass.

Tiger Grass can be an excellent screen, whether mass planted with tropical plants or as a hedge to block out the neighbours. The main difference to bamboo is that Tiger Grass does not have branches (it leafs straight off the culm) and it has grass flowers at the top each year. It grows to around 3-4mtrs in height and cannot be trimmed shorter.

Tiger Grass loves hot weather and makes a spectacular large container plant. For best results grow in a sunny position but it will also grow well in partial shade. For best results, ensure plants are watered regularly during hot spells. Tiger Grass can even handle short periods of frost.

Our Tiger Grass is from divided rootstock which is a minimum of 4 years old; this means your new plant has a head start and makes excellent progress, much faster than cheaper versions.

Tiger Grass has a vase shaped growth habit with very large tropical green leaves. The natural footprint size of the clump is 1mtr, but it can be planted into narrower garden beds down to 50cm, provided the air space is available for it to naturally fan out. 

Tiger Grass has a circular footprint, so it’s best plant them the same distance apart as the width available. For example, if your planting trench is 80cm wide, you would plant them 80cm apart to form a dense screen. The narrower the available space, the closer you plant the Tiger Grass together. 

Tiger Grass is extremely quick growing and can be fully grown within 18 – 24 months, and even faster when you purchase our established rootstock. Tiger Grass is fairly low maintenance and drought tolerant once established, though holds it leaves better with water through extended dry periods.


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