Crested speargrass, Spear grass, Crested Spear-grass.
Austrostipa blackii, Stipa species.
Up to 1m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread and common throughout region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Generally coarsely tufted perennial grasses up to about 1m high. Leaves rough to touch. Seed with long awns and "corkscrew" twists.
Collect when hard, dark seeds part from heads easily. Monitor closely as mature seeds quickly shed.
From one-year old seed. Store in cool dry place. Sow autumn or spring.
Good habitat. Moderate forage. Food for seed-eating birds, such as finches. Moths and butterflies attracted.
Very attractive ornamental for specimens, groundcovers, rockeries and under trees. Rejuvenate old plants by pruning severely, and watering afterwards to encourage growth.
Sharp awns cause eye, wool and carcass contamination. Problems potentially overcome through managing grazing.