Poa fawcettiae

Horny Snow-grass

Tufted bluish perennial. Flowering stems erect and purplish.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-30 cm high, stems to 60 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesRigid, sharply pointed bluish leaves to 1 mm wide, inrolled to rounded. Sheath purple or paler in shade.
  • Flower colourPurplish
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersPyramidal flowerhead to 15 cm x 10 cm, 3-5-flowered waxy spikelets; lower bracts 3-veined, lower floral bract 5-veined, downy on lower half, few or no webby basal hairs.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDrier soils in high altitude open forest. Snow tolerant. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive grass for higher altitude gardens.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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