Tussock Grass, Basalt Tussock-grass, Snow Grass, Tussock.
Presence in Australia
Widespread and common throughout region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Tufted annuals or perennials, often forming large tussocks. Sometimes with rhizomes or stolons, generally flowering spring.
Small seeds in tall finely-branched seedheads turn from green to light brown as seeds mature.
From seed, or division which is easier. Stratifying seed for 3 weeks may improve germination.
Useful for controlling soil erosion.
Good habitat. Useful refuge for small native birds and reptiles. Important habitat for insects, including butterflies, and seeds are a food for native birds. Valuable fodder for some species.
Attractive grasses for rockeries and other gardens. Plant in groups for best effect. Rejuvenate old plants by cutting back severely, or burning. Water heavily afterwards to encourage growth.