Chionochloa rubra is a tussock found throughout New Zealand from the central Plateau southward. It has 4 subspecies, and the finest of these, and the one most commonly grown, is C.rubra subsp. Cuprea. As its name suggests, the grass has attractive reddish colourings ranging from a brownish green through to copper. It has fine weeping leaves and grows 1-1.6m high with flowering stems just within or partly above the foliage. This is a very attractive plant for garden use, looking good in groups or individually. It is not fussy as to growing conditions, but can be slower growing than the other species.