Family : Poaceae
Pigeon grass is a slender grass that can grow to 60 cm tall. The grass is a bright green with stems that can be bent or upright. This grass will often appear purple toward the base.
The flowers look similar to a bottle brush. They are white, also with a purple tinge, and up to 1cm long. The bottle brush look is due to stiff bristles that make the flower look plump. These hold tiny seeds close to the stem. Flowers are mostly seen from January to July.
The flowers and the colour of this grass make it very attractive for gardens. It can be planted thickly or in small amounts to fill in gaps. It enjoys sandy soils but will grow in most soil types. It is an important food source for seed eating birds.
|Flowers||January to July|
|Fruit||February to July|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Soils||Most Soils and Sand|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Low to Moderate Tolerance|
This is a legacy website. Content is not being updated but is kept as an archive.
Updated NRM information is now held in the NQ Dry Tropics NRM Information Portal at http://nrm.nqdrytropics.com.au/.
while corporate information about NQ Dry Tropics is held on our main website at http://www.nqdrytropics.com.au