This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is a magnificent grass, with a flowing, mane-like inflorescence. The lateral branches of the plume are remarkable for their length and their graceful curvature, and the secondary branchlets are numerous, long and slender, the whole forming a dense, massive plume, not less than three feet in length. I have only seen a female inflorescence, which is of a silvery hue slightly tinged with pink at the base of the separate florets. Perhaps it may be worth while stating that the sexes are borne on separate plants in all the species of Gynerium and that the plumes of the male flowers are neither so handsome nor so durable as the plumes of female flowers. Whether this is a distinct species the material before me is insufficient to determine, but its distinctness and superiority as a variety are beyond question.- W. B. Hemsley/, in Garden.