Poa ensiformis|Purple-sheath or Sword Tussock-grass

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Strong dense tufted perennial, spreading outwards on underground stems. Flowering stems erect, sometimes flattened below the flowerhead.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.5m high, stems to 1.2m high
Rough dark green leaves, mostly flat, to 5mm wide. Sheath purple. Old leaves inrolled.
Erect, spreading pyramidal flowerhead to 30cm x 18cm, 3-8-flowered spikelets; lower bracts 3-veined, lower floral bract 5-veined, fine hairs on veins, webby hairs on basal tip.
Flower colour
Green to purplish
Flower time
October to March
Growing conditions
Moist soils in mountain forests. Semi shade to full shade.
Commonly used for
A vigorous grass, useful for embankments and erosion control.
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