Poa labillardierei var. labillardierei|Common Tussock-grass

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Large, coarse densely tufted perennial. Flowering stems rounded, erect.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.8cm high, stems to 1.3m high
Rough, folded, if inrolled then loosely, green to greyish-green leaves, to 80cm x 3.5mm, tips sometimes ending in a prickly point. Sheath pale.
Open pyramidal flowerhead, to 25cm x 15cm, 3-5-flowered spikelets; lower bracts 3-veined, lower floral bract very narrow, 5-veined, hairy on lower part of keel and outer veins only, webby basal hairs.
Flower colour
Green or purplish
Flower time
October to February
Growing conditions
Moist alluvial soils along watercourses and on flats. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
A vigorous and tolerant grass that is commonly used in landscaping. Adds vertical interest. Plant in drifts. Dead leaves can be removed using a soft rake.
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