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Chionochloa conspicua

Chionochloa conspicua (Plumed Tussock Grass)

is a fully hardy perennial evergreen grass with cream flowers in late Autumn and mid Summer. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are arranged in a panicle inflorescence. This grass has all year round interest.


Chionochloa conspicua grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 6.5 (slightly acidic ranges from 6.1 to 6.5). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a arching plant and has a clump forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 1.8m / 5.9ft and spread of 1m / 3.3ft. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves.


Architectural, attractive foliage, bank and slope, borders, flower arranging and low maintenance.


Wind (high).


Propagation techniques include division.


New Zealand.

-12°C / 10.4F 5.5 to 6.5 2-3 years 1.8m / 5.9ft 1m / 3.3ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Chionochloa
Specific epithet ? conspicua
Common names
Plumed Tussock Grass (Ireland)
IPNI details on Chionochloa conspicua
References [edit] ?

Plant added by Breezly (Ireland) - Add as friend

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