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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Poa tenera
synonym:   Poa aff. tenera
Common Name:slender tussock-grass
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Grass, Grass Like / Strappy, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
5-20 cm high
Foliage:Smooth, thin folded or inrolled leaves, to 20 cm x 1.5 mm, veins becoming raised as leaf dries. Sheath pale, occasionally red to purple..
Flowers:October-January, Pale green spikelets

Effective trailing down embankments. Slender bright green trailing perennial, trailing branches rooting at nodes. Flowering stems weakly erect.

Birds like it for its seeds, habitat & nesting materials. It is a food plant for caterpillars.

Moist soils in shady forests and riparian scrubs along watercourses. Semi shade to dappled shade.

An attractive bright grass useful as a groundcover in moist areas, especially on embankments. Flowerheads are beautiful with the sun behind them.

  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. iNaturalist
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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