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Imperata cylindrica

blady grass

An erect perennial grass with stems to 1m in height. Mottled pale green leaves with finely serrate margins. Dense fluffy cylindrical flowerheads to 20cm long in spring and summer.
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originAll Australian states. Other parts of Oceania and Asia.
cultural notesVery hardy, adapts to most well drained soils in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceGreater flowering in response to fire or slashing.
toleratesTolerant of drought and frost.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourWhite fluffy cylindrical flower heads to 20cm in length. Does not always flower.
foliage colourPredominantly pale green, mottled with reddish brown. Finely serrate margins.
widthup to 0.3m
heightup to 1m
plant spacing20cm apart
recommended usesAttractive ornamental seed heads. Habitat for frogs and many small marsupials.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License W.A. Djatmiko

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