Festuca actae

Drainage:Very DryWell Drained
Height Range:0.5
Site Conditions:CoastalExposedFrost TolerantHeavy SoilSandy SoilWindy
Spread Range:0.3
Sunlight:Full Sun
Features:Attractive foliageAttractive to insectsEvergreenSuitable for Revegetation Species
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Festuca actae is a naturally uncommon tussock, endemic to Banks Peninsula. We recommend this species as a locally sourced substitute for the North Island tussock Chionochloa flavicans/ miniature toe toe.

Festuca actae is an ornamental perennial grass that is grown for its subtly coloured foliage of a soft blue-green. The showy yellow flowers in late spring bring interest to the garden and can provide food for birds in autumn. Naturally found on rocks, rock outcrops, bluffs, talus and stabilised, sparsely vegetated slopes, it is suitable from the coast to montane range.

Grows well in hot, dry conditions. An ideal low maintenance plant that  is well suited to garden edging and looks impressive planted en masse.

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