Lachnagrostis aemula

Blown Grass

Compact tufted annual grass, stems erect or becoming erect.

Additional information

  • SynonymAgrostis aemula var. aemula
  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 15 cm high, stems to 60 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRough, flat, narrow leaves to 20 cm x 3-7 mm.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersDense, upright branched flowerhead enclosed at base by a leaf sheath, becoming spreading once mature. Mature spikelets to 7 mm long, on longer stalks; lower floral bract hairy, 4-toothed at top, bristle from middle, bent.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsHeavy, poorly drained soil in riparian forests. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useA fine grass for underplanting. The flowerhead breaks off at its base once mature and blows around.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from one location. More common in eastern Victoria.
  • Related speciesSee Lachnagrostis filiformis for differences.
Photographer/s: 1-3 Helen Moss ©; 4 Robert Hare, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 5 Marilyn Bull ©

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