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Themeda triandra|Kangaroo Grass

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Soft, erect or spreading tufted perennial herb. Flowering stems erect, reddish.
Size (W x H)
to 40cm x 75cm, stems 0.7-1m high
Flat or channelled green to blue-green leaves to 50cm x 5mm, sheath and lower part of leaf sometimes hairy.
Leafy weeping or one-sided flowerhead 10-25cm long, clusters of shiny 7-flowered spikelets, leafy bract at base of each; 4 male or sterile spikelets surround 2 male and 1 central female spikelet with purplish bristle.
Flower colour
Green and brown
Flower time
September to February
Growing conditions
Moist to well drained soils, amongst other grasses in woodland and grassland, not tolerating very wet or dry conditions. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
An excellent grass for feature planting due to its interesting flowerheads. Will cope with light traffic.
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