Spring is a great time to divide and multiply grasses. Grasses like this Stipa arundinaceae (Anemanthele lessoniana) can become too big and also begin to die back. Dividing the parent clump creates a series of offspring that have increased health and vigour.

Stipa arundinaceae is a very distinctive grass, notable for the range of colour in the foliage striped in shades of orange and brown. The flower heads are airy gradually branching into a light cloud.

The easiest way to divide and multiply these plants is with one or two forks simply splitting the main clump in two. You can split the clumps further for more offspring. It is important not to let any of the plants dry out, a bucket of water is a good idea.

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