Gahnia sieberiana|Red-fruit Saw-sedge

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Large clumping perennial sedge.
Size (W x H)
2-3m x 1.5-3m
Leaves spiralling and sheathing around stem, long, to 2.5m, channelled and rough, becoming pendulous.
Dense flower spike 30-100cm x 70mm. Nuts bright red and shiny.
Flower colour
Yellowish-brown becoming black
Flower time
October to January
Growing conditions
Moist to wet alluvial soil in low areas of mountain and foothill forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun to full shade.
Commonly used for
Large clump which does not spread. Nuts are very attractive against the black spikes. Important food plant for the Swordgrass Brown butterfly. Excellent habitat plant.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
Attracts frogs
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory