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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Rytidosperma pallidum
3 synonyms:   Chionochloa pallida , Danthonia pallida , Joycea pallida
Common Name:redanther wallaby grass , silvertop wallaby grass
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Grass, Rush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Cottage
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Well Drained
0.5-1 m x 0.3 m - stems to 1.8 m high
Foliage:Fine rough bluish-green leaves, margins inrolled, to 40 cm x 0.5-6 mm. Dense line of hairs projecting from the leaf sheath.
Flowers:Straw / red coloured from October to January

Dense clumping perennial, sometimes spreading through underground or prostrate rooting stems.

The grass has flowers in December, and the flowers have a prominent red anther, after which it is commonly named.

Dry, well drained soils in drier forests and woodlands. Often the dominant ground layer species. Frost tolerant. Full sun, partial to semi shade.

An attractive grass for rockeries, cottage gardens and underplanting. The red anthers are prominent when in flower. Clumps weep, providing a soft edging for paths, embankments and retaining walls.

  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. Australian National Botanic Garden
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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