Native plants

Silver tussock

Scientific name: Poa cita

Pioneer Grass or similar - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: partial shade, sunny, exposure, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony

About Silver tussock

Of our native Poa species, the silver tussock is the most commonly planted one - due to its attractive appearance and its tolerance towards dry, exposed habitats.
Its fast-growing, densely tufted about 50cm tall, graceful and tawny-green with very fine needle like grey-green to blue-green foliage.
Bears feathery flower heads during summer. A great plant in mass plantings or as borders. Thrives in poor soil, dry sunny conditions and is even tolarate of frost. Is salt tolerant and great for coastal plantings or containers.

Provides for lizards

  • Ground cover for retreat
  • Clump forming for camouflage and insects

Read more about gardening for lizards.

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