This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Thomas Moore, the celebrated English florist, expresses surprise that this is not more often met with in gardens, "for not even the far-famed Pampas Grass (Gynerium argenteum), grand and massive though it be, can at all compare with it for elegance of character. It is moreover quite as hardy as the Pampas, and flowers annually, in great perfection, toward the end of summer. It sends up its culms and feathery panicles by the end of July or the beginning of August, and its graceful beauty can be enjoyed for three successive months. It is the largest of the New Zealand grasses and grows in dense tussocks, formed of a profusion of long curving leaves, from amongst which rise the slender culms, six feet to eight feet high, terminating in large drooping panicles of silvery white flowers, the panicles themselves being from one to two feet long. A specimen shown to us, through a photograph, was ten feet high and measured eight feet across, having no less than forty-two of its slender graceful culms, each bearing a charming panicle of silvery spikelets."