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Grasses and tussocks

The following is a list of indigenous grasses and tussocks that are available for purchase at the Community Nursery. Please note that stock of many species is highly variable and subject to sell out at short notice.  Helpful nursery staff are available during nursery open hours to provide advice on selecting plants for your garden.

Table key

The table below uses letters to denote the type of environment the species are suited to:

  • A plants are adaptable, growing well in most soil types and aspects
  • C plants are for coast – dune scrub and woodland
  • D plants prefer dry, well drained soils and tolerates dryness once established
  • S plants prefer or tolerate full shade
  • H plants prefer heath or woodland
  • W plants prefer or tolerate moist soils, wetness and periodic inundation

Please note, all indigenous plants provide habitat and food for local birds, insects and other native animals.

Species Name Common Name Mature Size Range (HxW) Key
Austrostipa flavescens Coast Spear-grass Stems to 1.2m x 50–75cm CA
Austrostipa mollis Soft Spear-grass Stems to 60cm–1.5m HA
Austrostipa stipoides Prickly Spear-grass 80cm–1.5m x 80cm–1.5m CD
Deyeuxia quadriseta Reed Bent-grass 15cm–1.5m x 40cm HD
Dianella admixta Spreading Flax-lily 30–80cm x 50cm–1.5m HCSA
Dianella brevicaulis  Small-flower Flax-lily 50–90cm x 60–90cm HCDSA
Dianella laevis var. laevis Pale Flax-lily 30cm–1.5m x 50cm HA
Dianella sp. aff. revoluta Coastal Flax-lily 30–80cm x 2–3m C
Dichelachne crinita Long-hair Plume-grass 50cm–1m x 20–30cm HD
Distichlis distichophylla Australian Salt-grass 5–20cm x Spreading CA
Eragrostis brownii Common Love-grass 10–50cm x 30cm HA
Ficinia nodosa Knobby Club-sedge 15cm x 1.5m x 60cm–2m HCA
Lomandra filiformis Wattle Mat-rush 10 –50cm x 15–20cm HDSA
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush 50cm–1.2m x 50cm–1.2m HCDSA
Lomandra multiflora Many-flowered Mat-rush 30cm x 30cm HAD
Microlaena stipoides Weeping Grass 30cm–1m x 60cm HCA
Patersonia fragilis Short Purple-flag 20cm–60 x 40cm HW
Patersonia occidentalis Long Purple-flag 20–80cm x 30–60cm HDW
Poa labillardieri Common Tussock-grass 30cm–1.5m x 30cm–1.5m HA
Poa poiformis Coast or Blue Tussock-grass 20cm–1m x 50–1.5m CA
Poa sieberana Tussock-grass 50–80cm x 30cm–1m HA
Rytidosperma caespitosum Common Wallaby-grass 20cm–1.2m x 10–40cm HCA
Rytidosperma geniculatum Kneed Wallaby-grass 10–40cm x 20–30cm HCA
Rytidosperma racemosum Clustered Wallaby-grass 20–80cm HCDW
Rytidosperma setaceum Bristly Wallaby-grass 60–70cm x 40cm HA
Sporobolus virginicus Salt or Sand Couch 10cm x Spreading CA
Themeda triandra Kangaroo Grass 70–90cm x 75cm HA
Triglochin striatum Streaked Arrowgrass 10cm x 20cm CW
Xanthorrhoea minor Small Grass-tree 60cm x 1m HD