|Scientific name||Rytidosperma spp.||Common name(s)||Wallaby grass|
Wallaby grasses are erect tufted perennials with fine leaves. They are variable in form between species and in response to changes in environment. They grow to heights of 30 to 80 cm during the cool season. Wallaby grasses remain green throughout the year. They flower in spring and sometimes in autumn depending on the climate. The seedheads vary considerably, but are commonly about 0.3 to 1.0 metre above the ground and have attractive white fluffy tops when mature.
|Tolerance||High frost tolerance
High drought tolerance
High heat tolerance
High acid soil tolerance
It is essential to have a weed-free seed bed before sowing as seedling vigour is low and competition against weeds is poor. Seed can be sown at all times of the year as long as moisture from either rainfall or irrigation is available. Germination can be expected within 14 to 21 days in autumn and spring, but it may take up to 60 days in winter. The cleaned seeds are very small, and need to be sown just below the surface (5 – 8 mm). If sowing in a dryland situation, use fluffy or pelletised seed.
|Sowing rate||Sow pelletised seed at a rate of 5 kg per hectare|
There are about 30 native species of Wallaby grass in Australia and they are found in the temperate areas in all states except Northern Territory. This group of grasses is common and widespread. They usually grow on medium clays to light sandy loams; most Wallaby grasses prefer not to be waterlogged. They are often seen on roadsides in open plain country or in lightly forested slopes.
Landscaping golf course roughs
Wallaby grass can be used for golf course roughs or other areas requiring attractive plants with low maintenance requirements.
Wallaby grass used in horticulture
Wallaby grasses have been used successfully between rows of vines or trees to control erosion, reduce surface temperature, control weeds and lower saline water tables.
Wallaby grass for stock and horse pasture
Wallaby grass is nutritious, productive and persistent when grazed intermittently.
Wallaby grass lawns for low maintenance landscaping
A drought tolerant, heat resistant, frost tolerant and high acid tolerant lawn species.
Revegetation with Wallaby grass
Wallaby grass is highly beneficial for revegetation on disrupted soils where soil erosion control or long term perennial cover is required.