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Gardening with
Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Rytidosperma pallidum 
Synonym(s):   Joycea pallida  , Danthonia 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
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 
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 
  4. Australian National Botanic Garden 
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 

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