Chionochloa flavicans (G-0496)
Native to the cliffs and rocky outcrops of New Zealand’s North Island, this graceful long-lived grass develops a glossy green tussock. Creamy-silvered plumes elegantly drape on lax stems above the cascading, loosely arranged evergreen foundation. Enduring drought and various soil types, Chinochloa flavicans’ adaptable habit can stand alone or be planted in multiples to create a fluid-looking swath that looks especially impressive on slopes.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.
A rarely cultivated New Zealand denizen, this long-lived evergreen grass promises a graceful appearance. The lanky slender blades forge compact tawny-green tufts beneath persistent silver-laced panicles that roost upon pliant, tall arching stems. Well-suited for massing or as a stand-alone specimen, Chionochloa rigida’s shimmering inflorescences can linger with other carefree companions such as Euphorbia ‘Bruce’s Dwarf’ or Phlomis tuberosa.
Size: 3' 0" high x 0" – 8" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.