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Chionochloa spp.

Chionochloa-flavicans by Grapeman4 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


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Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Snowgrass Overview

    The genus Chionochloa contains about 25 clumping, evergreen, perennial grasses from the Poaceae family. Chionochloa plants are also termed Snowgrass. These are distributed mainly in New Zealand, with some species found in other locations nearby like New Guinea and Australia's Lord Howe Island. Common reasons for growing include their overall graceful appearance, colourful foliage and delicate flowers. The flowers are very small and feathery, borne on taller stems above the leaves.

    How to propagate Snowgrass


    Propagate by seed in spring or autumn.


    By division in autumn; however forms should be propagated by division only.

    Other uses of Snowgrass

    Grown for their strong, elegant shape and colourful foliage which can be dried.


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