Plant of the Week: Mexican Feather Grass

Mexican feather grass Mexican feather grass is flourishing on the High Line after days of spring rain.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Mexican feather grass, Nassella tenuissima, is a hardy perennial grass that grows in beautiful fluffy rounded globes. Its wispy thin blades have a soft texture of long hair in the winter time, adding seasonal interest to the High Line’s gardens in even the coldest months of the year. The name “Nasella” comes from the Latin word for “wicker basket” or “net,” a reference to the grass’ thick foliage.

In the springtime, when most of the High Line’s grasses are trimmed back during Spring Cutback, Mexican feather grass, a slow-growing plant, is left intact.

Stop by now to enjoy the green foliage and delicate blooms of this grass.

On the High Line at West 16th Street, and between 22nd and 24th Streets

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Our horticultural team counts on members and friends like you to help keep the High Line beautiful and thriving. Join our community of supporters who play an essential role in the High Line’s most important gardening projects — become a member of Friends of the High Line today!

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