Chionochloa flavicans is a very beautiful and distinctive plant when in flower. It is a North Island plant found on cliffs and rock faces from sea level to 975m, in localised areas of the east coast from Coromandel to Hawkes Bay. The clump will grow up to 1m tall and has weeping green leaves, The arching flower stems are up to 1.5m long and carry drooping plumes of a silky pale green, which grow creamier as they mature. It is happy in most conditions and will grow in sun or semi-shade. In warmer areas it is prone to Phytopthora attack so performs more successfully if planted in drier sites.