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Plant Guide

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
Leaves
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.

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