Baloskion tetraphyllum ssp. tetraphyllum|Tassel Cord-rush

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Erect, bright green perennial tussock with smooth stems, feathery appearance from repeated thread-like branching along the stem. Spreads from woolly, creeping underground stems.
Size (W x H)
up to 1.5m high
Brown sheathing leaf-like bracts 10-35mm long. Long woolly hairs on bracts at base of flowerhead.
Plants male or female. Loose tassel-like flowerheads of oval to round spikelets. Male spikelets to 7mm long, female 5-12mm long.
Flower colour
Brown to reddish
Flower time
October to April
Growing conditions
Moist to permanently wet soil along watercourses and in swamps, tolerating periods of drying out. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
Attractive clumping plant for water areas, especially around dam edges and beside ornamental ponds.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts frogs
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory