Austrostipa muelleri

Wiry Spear-grass

Bright green wiry perennial grass branching at nodes of flowering stems to form dense tangles. Spreads from underground stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymStipa muelleri
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems to 1 m long
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesStrongly inrolled leaves to 25 cm x 1 mm, becoming deciduous.
  • Flower colourPurple or green, becoming straw-coloured
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersSparse flowerhead 2-5 cm long with 1-4 single florets. Floral bract brown, 13-20 mm, evenly covered in short white hairs, pair of lobes at top; bristle once or twice bent, 5-10 cm long.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained infertile soils of heathy woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useExcellent habitat plant for small animals. Establishes under trees. Tip of florets can be sharp, penetrating skin of people, pets and stock.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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