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Common Name: Chee Grass
Stipa splendens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Central and eastern Asia - from Afghanistan to Siberia and China.
]. Dry mountain slopes, grassy places on slightly alkaline, sandy soils at elevations of 900 - 4500 metres in China[
Easily grown in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates high levels of salinity[
Plants are hardy to about -15°c[
The plant forms large, dense tussocks[
A fibre from the leaves is used in making paper[
The flowering culms are used for matting, fencing, fuel and the walls of summer tents for nomadic tribes[
The plant is used for improving saline and alkaline land[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks, but make sure that the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. The seed can also be sown outdoors in mid spring.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.