Poa hiemata

Soft Snow-grass

Tufted perennial or with short underground stems. Flowering stems erect.

Additional information

  • FamilyPoaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 25 cm high; stems to 60 cm high
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesSoft smooth bright green leaves to 0.5 mm wide, inrolled to rounded. Sheath pale.
  • Flower colourGreen or purplish
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersTight or spreading branches in flowerhead, to 12 cm x 8 cm, 3-5-flowered spikelets, lower bracts 3-veined, lower floral bract 5-veined, downy on lower half, few or no webby basal hairs.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, habitat - nesting materials
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in grasslands and wet forest at high altitudes. Snow tolerant, full sun semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive soft grass for higher altitude gardens.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Also occurs in a few scattered sites in the eastern highlands.
Photographer/s: Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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