Rytidosperma geniculatum

Kneed Wallaby-grass

Price Seeds Per Gram Amount Available Provenance
$1.50/ gram 1266 currently unavailable White Hills

General Description: A tufted, narrow-leafed, grey-green, perennial grass with erect flower stems to 25 cm tall with dense clusters of fluffy flowers. Ligule of the leaf has a collar of stiff hairs about 1mm long.

Flowers and Fruit: Flower stems have 3 to 7 flowers on short stalks. Seeds are fluffy as is characteristic of all Wallaby grasses. Flowers from October to December.

Site Preference and Tolerances: Common on the lowlands of Victoria, often on wetter sites.

Life Span: This is a perennial grass and persists well in the Australian environment.

Wildlife Value: The Red-browed Firetail, and other grass finches feed on the small seeds and the fallen seed heads.

Other Values and Uses: This is an attractive grass that is smaller and neater than many other native grasses. Could be used as a lawn of small tussocks but should be allowed to go to seed in spring before the grass is cut. Looks lovely when mixed with native forbs like daisies and lilies.

Other Scientific Names:  Austrodanthonia geniculata, Danthonia geniculata, Notodanthonia geniculata, Rytidosperma geniculatum

Germination Information: Usually grows well in a few weeks without any treatment.