Common Name: Kangaroo grass
Description: Attractive tufted, perennial grass with green/grey/bluish leaves that change to orange/brown in autumn. Flowers in summer and spring, producing large red/brown spikelets.
Growing and distribution: Needs about 400mm average rain but also likes drainage areas in lower rainfall. Ensure that thatch does not become too dense or plant dies in centre.
Beneficial attributes: Aboriginal people ground the seeds to make damper. Leaf and stem fibres are used to make string and string bags. Caterpillar food plant. Excellent habitat for birds and insects.
Specific location issues: Rain > 400