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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Poa ensiformis 
Common Name:purple-sheath tussock-grass  , sword tussock-grass 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Grass, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Partial Shade, Shade
30-50 cm (stems to 1 m) x 1 m
Foliage:Long, narrow, rough dark green leaves to 75cm x 6mm. Red to purple sheaths at the base of the leaves.
Flowers:Green, purple to straw-coloured flowerheads to 30cm on erect stems. Flowers from October to March.

An ornamental and vigorous grass ideal for moist shady areas. Useful for mass plantings, erosion control and embankments. Tolerates periods of dryness.

Strong dense tufted perennial, spreading outwards on underground stems. Flowering stems erect, sometimes flattened below the flowerhead. Frog Habitat, Food plant for caterpillars and birds use it for food and habitat.

  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. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical) 

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