red tussock grass
© Ellen Smart
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.
Plant Type: grass
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering
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.