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    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Chionochloa rubra

red tussock grass

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
red tussock grass

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  • Other common names red tussock grass

  • Synonyms Chionochloa conspicua 'Rubra'
    Danthonia raoulii var. rubra

  • Family Poaceae

  • Genus Chionochloa are compact, tufted evergreen grasses with narrowly linear, often attractively coloured leaves and tall stems bearing lax panicles of small flowering spikelets in summer

  • Details C. rubra is an evergreen grass forming a dense tussock with slender, red-tinted leaves and flowering stems to 1.5m, bearing elegant lax panicles of small, awned spikelets in late summer

  • Plant range New Zealand

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Tufted

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in moist but well-drained, light, fertile soil. Will not tolerate excessive winter wet

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Prairie Planting

How to care

Pruning Cut back old, flowered stems at the bases in early winter

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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