Chionochloa rubra

red tussock grass

Outstanding Qualities

A New Zealand native, red tussock grass is a leafy evergreen grass-like perennial which brings a graceful spreading form of thin, coppery leaves to the landscape. It forms soft, open graceful mounds that move in the slightest breeze. It is mostly admired for the color of the leaves, which range from a metallic golden tan to a dramatic coppery red. In winter the leaves tend to be beige at their tips, with coppery tones at their bases.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow, purple, black

Great Color Partners: bronze, gold, red

Culture Notes

This clumping New Zealand sedge grows best in part to full sun in well-drained or sandy soils. Red tussock grass is a very easy perennial to grow needing only occasional watering during dry weather. Although evergreen, occasional trimming of the entire clump can be done to rejuvenate plants.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: grass

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering