Cortaderia richardii

Toe-toe (pronounced Toy-toy, the Māori name) is the New Zealand equivalent of the better known South American Pampas grass. Greener, more evergreen, more elegant and summer flowering. They seem adaptable to all sorts of soil types as long as they're not water-logged. As with all grasses, they like masses of light. Pampas grass is best cut down every winter to grow again as they are not evergreen but this can be left. Having said that, cutting them down every three years is a great way to rid the plant of old leaves. 

The grass will grow to about 4ft x 4ft (slightly smaller than Pampas) and the gracefully arching fawn coloured flower plumes can reach 6 or 7 ft. We had a rather fine clump of them at the old nursery in the stock field. John Studzinski declared them to look 'ridiculous'. A bit harsh, I thought. They're just Posh Pampas.

Propagated by us from seed from New Zealand.

Features Hardiness rating
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Coastal, Exposed, Grasses, Soil - Clay, Soil - Dry/Well drained, Space & Light Green

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