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Chionochloa flavicans Zotov

  • Common Name
    Snow Tussock, Toetoe
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Grass or grass-like plant
  • Size
    3' - 4' x 3' - 4'
  • Flower Color
    White and Fluffy
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    N / A
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    A beautiful New Zealand grass, it is both tough and graceful all year long.  Deep green, glossy weeping foliage with tall spikes of fluffy white flowers all summer long.  Gently moving with each breeze, it adds grace and drama with its green foliage below and shimmering inflorescences above.  Durable and long-lived, it's very drought tolerant when established.  Will grow in sun or light shade.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    Gorgeous when massed together as groundcover plantings.  It grows 3' tall and wide with 1/2" wide leaves.  Low maintenance, it's adapted to a wide range of soils and moisture conditions.  Propagate by seed or division.

  • Varietals
    N / A