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Chionochloa rubra (Red Tussock)

Chionochloa rubra, commonly known as Red Tussock, is a tussock grass that produces red leaves with a graceful arch. It grows to 1 m tall and wide in full sun on a well-drained site. Chionochloa rubra is often mass planted either as a groundcover or on a bank, included in alpine gardens, used in rock gardens and borders, or used to line an entrance or path.

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The average plant height is 30 cm
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Suited to regions:All regions
Plant type:Ornamental Grasses
Height:50 cm
Spread:70 cm
Flowering time:
Tolerances:Coastal, Extended dry periods, Hardy, Wet, Wind
Garden uses:Banks, Borders, Containers, Living areas, Paths & Steps, Ponds, Pool areas
Garden styles:Alpine, Architectural, Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Frontyard, Mediterranean, Modern, Native, Riparian, Rock
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Chionochloa rubra (Red Tussock) Details

Chionochloa rubra, commonly known as Red Tussock, is a large and striking NZ native tussock grass. It produces long and slender red leaves with a graceful arch which appears to flow in light breezes. It typically grows to 1 m tall and the same wide, performing best when planted in full sun on a well-drained site. It will grow well in partial shade conditions but colouring tends to be less intense. It is tolerant of dry periods, frost, cool climates, wind, coastal conditions, and a range of soil types, except the extremes of wet and dry. Chionochloa rubra is commonly planted alongside water features, mass planted either as a groundcover or on a bank, included in alpine plantings, used in rock gardens, added to borders, or used to line a path. Red Tussock makes a fantastic addition wherever it is used.

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