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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

CORTADERIA richardii

Commonly known as Toetoe, Tussock grass

Densely tufted New Zealand species with creamy-white plumes which last well into winter
Further Reading....


  • Evergreen - narrowly linear, leathery, pale olive-green leaves to 1.2m (4ft) long
  • Cream
  • Height - 1.2m (4ft) with stems to 2.5m (9ft).
  • Spread - 1.8m (6ft)
  • Ornamental grasses - densely tufted, clump-forming perennial. Arching stems to 2.5m (8ft) or more.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Good to know - CAUTION - named 'Cutty grass' because of the very sharp leaf edges
  • Pests & Diseases - none.
  • Place of origin - New Zealand.
  • Flower Shape - Panicles - - shaggy, pyramidal panicles 60cm (24in) long
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Denticulate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Linear - see photos above
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
Cortaderia - Growing Guide
1.2m (4ft) with stems to 2.5m (9ft).
Ornamental Grass - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.8m (6ft)

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