Stylidium graminifolium

Grass Trigger-plant

Tufted perennial herb.

Additional information

  • SynonymStylidium graminifolium var. angustifolium
  • FamilyStylidiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-75 cm x 20-30 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesErect bluish, grass-like leaves 14-20 cm x 1-3 mm, margins minutely serrated.
  • Flower colourPale pink to deep lilac
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersFlowering stem to 75 cm high, becoming more glandular hairy from base to tip. Terminal spike of 10-25 flowers. 8 throat appendages, 2 less prominent.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsGravelly, well drained soils in woodlands, heaths and open forests of the foothills. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useBeautiful tufting plant for small gardens, rockeries, cottage gardens and containers. Looks good planted in drifts in the garden or a bush area.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesSimilar to Stylidium armeria which has wider dark green leaves that are rarely serrated. Scape (flowering stem) has few if any glandular hairs, 8 white appendages in throat all prominent. More floriferous. The deep pink alpine form (Stylidium montanum) does not occur within the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2-4 Peter Kinchington ©

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