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Common Name: Sleepy Grass
Stipa vaseyi is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Southern N. America - Colorado to western Texas, Arizona and north-western Mexico.
Dry plains, hills and dry open woods[
Easily grown in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in dry soils.
The plant is hypnotic[
]. It is used for inducing sleep[
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.