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Chionochloa rubra (subsp. Cuprea)
Red tussock grass
Cultivated for their strong, elegant shape, colourful foliage and attractive flowerheads, Chionochloa form graceful mounds of thin, wiry leaves that make a bold statement.
The leaves, range from a metallic golden tan to a dramatic coppery red - superb when planted with vibrant coloured perennials.
In winter the leaves tend to be beige at their tips, with coppery tones at their bases.
The flower heads should be cut before they fully mature and dried for arrangements but leave the evergreen leaves throughout the winter where they twinkle when draped in frost. The only maintenance is a comb through in spring to dethatch and to remove any decayed stems. Cutting to the base in autumn or winter will kill the plant.
Grow in a sheltered position in light, fertile soil with a little moisture. Evergreen.
Hardy perennial grass (E)
Green / bronze
Light, fertile, well drained