Herb: Sleepy Grass

Latin name: Stipa vaseyi

Synonyms: Stipa robusta

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Medicinal use of Sleepy Grass:

The plant is hypnotic. It is used for inducing sleep.

Description of the plant:


150 cm
(5 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry plains, hills and dry open woods.

Propagation of Sleepy Grass:

Seed - sow March 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 April. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry plains, hills and dry open woods.

Known hazards of Stipa vaseyi:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.