My buddy, Joan Bockman, of the Buena Vista Native Plant Club in Oceanside, has been working to help nurseries stop selling Mexican Feather Grass –
Nasella (formerly Stipa) tenuissima – an invasive that is used frequently in Southern California. She sent me this picture a while ago – because it illustrates the crucial problem: seeds get windblown and rapidly take hold in areas where they were not intended.
This planting area to the far side of the sidewalk was intentionally landscaped with a border of the grass. And you can see how it rapidly colonized the near side of the walkway.
Talk this up to your friends and gardeners you know: there are so many great alternatives to this attractive, but invasive plant.
PlantRight is running a campaign right now about this issue – and they have some ways you can help on a larger scale to ease this plant out of the garden scene here.