Windmill Grass, Umbrella Grass, Star Grass, Blow-away Grass, Star Or Windmill Grass, Windmill-grass.
Up to 0.5m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread, throughout most areas of region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Many soil and community types. More common on red or black earths.
Erect, hairless perennial to 50cm high, forming dense low crown of small fibrous leaves. Sometimes with short, branched stolons, and distinctive flower spike, late winter to summer.
Moderate drought tolerance. Low frost tolerance.
Early Jan to mid Mar. Monitor closely as mature seeds shed in 3-14 days.
Store for 12 months before sowing due to after-ripening period, or overcome dormancy be removing structures enclosing seeds. Germinates at 15-350C. Suited to direct seeding into pots (2-3 per pot), and in the field. Germinates in 2-3 weeks.
Good habitat. Seed eaten by native birds, including finches. Cover for small reptiles. High forage value but does not appear to be readily grazed, unless young growth.
Resilient lawn grass, or spectacular ornamental. Plant in groups for best effect. Rejuvenate old plants by severe trimming or burning, and water afterwards to encourage growth.
Forage value increases in response to grazing and raised fertility.