This new and extremely lovely plant was discovered on the baking hot dry slopes surrounding Lake Chira, high on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Spreading stems sport numerous large spurred and spiked seedheads. Unlike many members of this family this plant obviously thrives in the dry!
Sow at any time, in a well-lit position, into a good, soil-based compost. Cover seeds thinly and keep moist at around 15 degrees C or 60 degrees F. Some New Zealand species can be very slow indeed and may need cooler temperatures before they will come up. Grass seedlings should be potted on and grown on singly, or in clumps for more rapid establishment of a large specimen.