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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Microlaena stipoides
Common Name:weeping grass , weeping meadow grass , weeping rice grass
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Grass, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Size
(HxW):
20 cm (stems to 1 m) x 60 cm
Foliage:Fine flat bright green to dark green, weeping leaves 1-12 mm wide, smooth or rough, hairless to hairy.
Flowers:Green to purplish. Narrow weeping spike 5-18 cm long; 1-flowered spikelets to 40 mm long, small bracts at base of flower, 2 sterile floral bracts with long rough bristles, one longer than the other, bristly tuft at base. September-November
General
Comments:

Weeping grass provides masses of high nutrient seeds which are an invaluable resource for seed eating birds, such as corellas, for example. Food plant for caterpillars. It is characterised by the way that its seeds weep when they are fully grown.

Tufting or matting perennial herb spreading from underground stems. Size variable depending on conditions and usage. Flower stems taller when plants amongst undergrowth.

An excellent lawn alternative tolerating consistent usage and mowing. Needs to be prevented from moving into garden beds. Frost tolerant.



Further
Information:
  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. iNaturalist
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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