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Rytidosperma spp. (Wallaby Grass) Sydenham.
Wallaby Grass is a cool season grass (C3) that has a very high seed viability and is easy to grow. We prefer to sow it in April to May, and it is the most popular seed we sell. It is green in the cooler months and flowers to a height of 50 to 70 cm with fluffy straw coloured inflorescences. It will become dormant over Summer.
This mix of Wallaby grasses was originally harvested from Sydenham Park and contains five species that naturally occur there, Rytidosperma setaceum (Bristly Wallaby Grass), Rytidosperma caespitosum (Common Wallaby Grass), Rytidosperma duttonianum (Brown-back Wallaby Grass), Rytidosperma racemosum (Clustered Wallaby Grass), and Rytidosperma fulvum. Since harvesting this seed, half this site was destroyed when a road interchange was constructed for the Calder Freeway.
Rytidosperma spp. (Wallaby Grass) Tarneit.
This mix of Wallaby grass species is the same as those above (Sydenham) but has been collected from Tarneit. Although Sydenham and Tarneit are close enough for most of our clients to be comfortable using either, we like the idea of supplying our biggest selling seed from more than one location. The site this seed was harvested from has been partially destroyed by a new railway line.
Rytidosperma racemosum. (Clustered Wallaby Grass) Mt Duneed.
Our Clustered Wallaby Grass was originally sourced from Mount Duneed just South of Geelong, and grown specifically for the Geelong bypass. Clustered Wallaby Grass makes a good lawn, with fine leaf blades and good drought tolerance. It may need some irrigation over Summer to stay green.
Themeda triandra. (Kangaroo Grass) Laverton.
Kangaroo Grass is a warm season grass (C4) with low seed viability and a seed dormancy. With some moisture it will remain green throughout Summer, flowering in Spring to early Summer. Kangaroo Grass has beautiful bronze flower heads in spring and Summer and was the dominant grass on the Western Plains at the time of European settlment. There is no wonder it is a favourite grass for many people.
Our Kangaroo Grass is originally sourced from Laverton, a site that is soon to be developed as an industrial estate. Most of the remaining local population has been lost recently and what remains has been invaded by weeds making it unsuitable for seed harvesting.
Poa labillardieri. (Common Tussock Grass) Yan Yean.
Our Common Tussock Grass was originally sourced from Yan Yean, situated to the North of Melbourne on basalt soils. Common Tussock Grass is a cool season (C3) grass and has small awnless seeds. Once established it forms a large dense tussock and is able to out compete many weeds. This species' natural habitat is in moist areas like riparian zones (along waterways) and in higher rainfall areas it can be found in open areas. Poa labillardieri will not tolerate extended dry periods in hot exposed positions.
Microlaena stipoides. (Weeping Grass) Attwood.
Weeping Grass is a cool season (C3) grass found in higher rainfall areas and along waterways. It has soft green leaves, grows to a height of about 40 cm and makes a good lawn that requires a little irrigation in Summer. Weeping Grass will not tolerate extended dry periods in hot exposed positions.
Bothriochloa macra. (Red Leg Grass) Quandong.
Red Leg Grass, or Red Grass is a warm season grass (C4) often found in dry conditions. It forms a green leafy low tussock with tall flowering stems to about 70 cm. It responds well to summer rain and can make an acceptable summer lawn, although it becomes dormant in winter and goes brown. Our Red Grass was originally collected from the Werribee Plain not far from the You Yangs.
Chloris truncata. (Windmill Grass) Tarneit.
Windmill Grass is a warm season grass (C4) tolerant of dry conditions and poor soil. It is generally a short lived perennial, but it produces masses of seed and colonises bare areas quickly. It is a small plant growing to about 40 cm with attractive seed heads and is a common but important species found throughout most of Victoria. Our Windmill Grass was originally sourced from a site in Tarneit that is now part of a housing development.
Austrostipa semibarbata. (Fibrous Spear Grass) Avalon.
Fibrous Spear Grass is a cool season grass that prefers well drained dry sandy soils. It flowers to 1 metre high and forms distinctive flower heads that still look good after the seed has dropped. Our Fibrous Spear Grass was originally sourced from grassland near Avalon.
Austrostipa scabra. (Rough Spear Grass) Bacchus Marsh.
Rough Spear Grass is a hardy cool season (C3) grass that tollerates poor soils, is drought resistant and prefers good drainage. It grows to about 80 cm high and has an attractive feathery appearance when flowering in late Winter/early Spring. Our Rough Spear Grass was originally sourced from Long Forest Conservation Reserve on the edge of the Western Basalt Plain near Bacchus Marsh.
Austrostipa bigeniculata. (Tall Spear Grass) Brimbank.
Tall Spear Grass is a cool season grass prefering heavy clay soils and is found in Plains Grassland, Grassy Wetlands, Red Gum and Box woodlands. It flowers to a height of 1.2 metres high. Our Tall Spear Grass was originally sourced from Brimbank City Council land.
Dicanthium sericeum. (Silky Blue Grass) Keilor.
Silky Blue Grass is a warm season (C4) grass that tolerates hot dry conditions and is commonly found on north facing escarpments and other dry exposed places. It has attractive silvery blue foliage and grey fluffy seed heads. Our Silky Blue Grass was originally sourced from the Maribyrnong River escarpment in Keilor.
Dichelachne crinita. (Long Haired Plume Grass) Laverton.
Long Haired Plume Grass is a cool season (C3) grass that persists better in slightly damper sites. It is a beautiful grass when in flower, turning from a silvery green to a golden yellow when ripe. It occurs naturally on the Basalt Plains among other grasses, especially in areas that get a bit more rainfall.