Soft, erect or spreading tufted perennial herb. Flowering stems erect, reddish.
- SynonymThemeda australis
- StoreyLower storey
- Sizeto 40 cm x 75 cm, stems 0.7-1 m high
- Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
- LeavesFlat or channelled green to blue-green leaves to 50 cm x 5 mm, sheath and lower part of leaf sometimes hairy.
- Flower colourGreen and brown
- Flowering timeSeptember to February
- FlowersLeafy weeping or one-sided flowerhead 10-25 cm long, clusters of shiny 7-flowered spikelets, leafy bract at base of each; 4 male or sterile spikelets surround 2 male and 1 central female spikelet with purplish bristle.
- Bird attractingSeeds, habitat - nesting materials
- Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
- Frog habitatNo
- Growing conditionsMoist to well drained soils, amongst other grasses in woodland and grassland, not tolerating very wet or dry conditions. Full sun, semi shade.
- Garden useAn excellent grass for feature planting due to its interesting flowerheads. Will cope with light traffic.
- Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
- Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
- Aboriginal Use Leaves - string for net-making; Food - seeds ground to make flour
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Kelly Hofert/SYR ©