Kangaroo Grass Identification
|Scientific name||Themeda triandra||Common name(s)||Kangaroo grass|
Kangaroo grass is a warm season, deep rooted perennial with a soft, erect or sprawling tussocky habit. The leaves are long and thing as they mature and turn from green to a red, brown or purple colour. Attractive rusty-red seed-head form throughout the summer
|Tolerance||High drought tolerance
High heat tolerance
Low to moderate frost tolerance
High fire tolerance
Kangaroo grass should be sown at a depth of 5 to 10 mm and no deeper than 20mm below the soil surface. Seed may lie dormant in the soil until the correct moisture content is achieved. We recommend irregular heavy watering in order to germinate. This plant germinate best when subject to wet/dry cycles in weeks following sowing.
|Sowing rate|| Sow florets at a rate of 30 – 40 kg per hectare
Sow pelletised seed at a rate of 6 – 8 kg per hectare
Sow seeds and awns at a rate of 1 – 2 kg per hectare
Kangaroo grass distribution
Themeda triandra is one of the most widespread native grasses in Australia. It grows in every state and territory, from interior arid regions to the alps and coast.