Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides|Weeping Grass

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Tufting or matting perennial herb spreading from underground stems. Size variable depending on conditions and usage. Flower stems taller when plants amongst undergrowth.
Size (W x H)
2-20cm x spreading; stems to 1m high
Fine flat bright green to dark green, weeping leaves 1-12mm wide, smooth or rough, hairless to hairy.
Narrow weeping spike 5-18cm long; 1-flowered spikelets to 40mm long, small bracts at base of flower, 2 sterile floral bracts with long rough bristles, one longer than the other, bristly tuft at base.
Flower colour
Green to purplish
Flower time
September to March
Growing conditions
Very extensive in moist well drained soil in heathlands, woodlands and forests, dominant grass in some habitats. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi to dappled shade.
Commonly used for
An excellent lawn alternative tolerating consistent usage and mowing. Needs to be prevented from moving into garden beds.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory