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Hookerochloa hookeriana

Hooker Fescue

Coarse densely tufted perennial grass, sometimes forming colonies.

Additional information

  • SynonymAustrofestuca hookeriana, Festuca hookeriana
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm high, stems to 1.6 m high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, flat, broad bright green leaves to 35 cm x 8 mm, finely ridged. Sheaths brown, shining.
  • Flower colourGreen or purplish
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersLoose flowerheads to 50 cm, long branchlets with 3-6-flowered spikelets. Lower floral bract lance-shaped, keeled, 5-11 rough veins, pointed or lobed at top. Tip at base downy with tuft of white hairs.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist slightly swampy soils which dry out in summer. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useUseful tufting plant for winter moist, summer dry gardens.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Peter Kinchington ©

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