Plenty of grass and ground hugging spreaders keeps out weeds and attracts butterflies and other colourful insects and birds.
Common Tussock Grass Poa labillardierei
Origin: DRY. Forest, upper forest.
A soft, hardy tussock grass to 50 cm tall. Food for caterpillars. Useful for controlling soil erosion. Good wildlife habitat.
Origin: DRY, woodland, forest
Tussock about 15 cm tall with fluffy, tufted seed heads to 80cm tall from Nov and holds them all summer. Important habitat for insects and lizards, seeds for finches and parrots. Frost & drought hardy.
Fine-leaf Tussock Grass Poa sieberiana
Origin: DRY; woodland, forest.
Soft tussock grass to 20 cm height. Fire retardant, stays green all year. Use as a component of rarely- or no-mow lawns. Food and shelter for many bush creatures incl caterpillars of Klug’s Xenica butterfly.
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra
Origin: DRY; woodland, forest
Soft tussock to 50 cm height. Unusual chaffy seed heads. Bronze hues in winter. Food and shelter for many creatures especially Xenica and Brown Butterflies. Use as ornamental, lawn or grazing
Love Grass Eragrostis brownii
Height to 10 cm. Leaf blades radiate from base to make 30 cm wide disc. Flowers between Nov and May. Ideal for rarely- or no-mow lawn.
Weeping Grass Microlaena stipoides
Origin: woodland, forest, upper forest.
An attractive, green all year soft grass. Well suited for rarely-mow lawn. Important food for butterflies. Frost & drought hardy.