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Austrostipa elegantissima

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Austrostipa elegantissima Feather Spear Grass, Feather Speargrass, Elegant Spear Grass,

Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting Spreading, Tufting

A rhizomatous perennial grass, native to Western Australia, growing 40cmx40cm. Hair-like flower heads are silvery white and appear in late spring turning to purple/grey when mature. Unlike most spear grass, seeds do not stick into socks.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
30-60cm 30-60cm

Position: Soil Type:
Any, Full Sun, Semi Shade Any, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Erosion Control, Foliage Feature / Colour, Groundcover, Habitat, Lawn Alternatives, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Rockery, Verge, Under Trees

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes: A hardy, native grass that provides ground cover, colour and soft, wavy texture to gardens and larger landscaping projects. Plant in clumps or drifts for best visual display. No watering or pruning required once established. Vigorous growth occurs after Autumn rainfall and during the cooler months. Provides shelter and food for native fauna and can be used to stabilise soil in eroded areas. Food source for caterpillars, wallabies, kangaroos and other grazing animals.

Plant Care
Low phosphorus slow release fertiliser

Family Name: Origin:
Poaceae Australia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Purple, Insignificant
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Spring
Fruit: No

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Moderate
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: High
Wind: High