Stipa pennata, common name European feather grass, or Orphan maidenhair (Hungarian: pusztai árvalányhaj ) is a flowering plant and arid zone sand grass in the grass family Poaceae, which is grown as an ornamental plant for its feathery flowering spikes, common to the Puszta in Hungary and the Devínska Kobyla forest-steppe in Slovakia. Graminaceous evergreen and deciduous plants. They grow in moderate, light soils and in full sun. Cultivated for their shape and inflorescences. Plant in arrangements and in flowerpots.