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erosion control

ecosystem type


soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Cymbopogen refractus

barbed wire grass

Tufted perennial grass with arching seed heads and fibrous roots. Can live up to 25 years. Native to grassland and woodland and often found on low nutrient sites. Related to the culinary Lemongrass, foliage has a lemony scent, particularly when crushed.
originNSW, Vic, Qld, NT
cultural notesA very hardy plant, tolerant of poor soils. Full sun or shade.
maintenanceCan be cut back after flowering to allow the emergence of new growth.
toleratesTolerant of drought and frost as well as poor soils. Will resprout after fire.
flowering seasonSpring, Summer and Autumn
flower colourBlue-green turning orange-brown in Autumn.
foliage colourGreen, rough textured foliage. Has a lemony scent when crushed.
widthup to 0.5m
heightup to 1m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesHardy plant in dry positions or on embankments and eroded sites. Can be used in group plantings as a feature. Revegetation.

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