Weeping grass

Weeping grass

Scientific name Microlaena stipoides Common name(s) Weeping grass
Synonym(s) Ehrharta stipoides
Microlaena gunnii
Varieties Griffin
Burra
Ovens
Bremmer
Tasman
Description

Weeping Grass is a cool season tufted perennial grass which produces year round green growth. It spreads very slowly by short rhizomes under the soil. There are several different forms that vary in height. The seedheads are weeping and ripen from December to May in southern Australia. The seeds have awns up to 20 mm long that are rough.

Tolerance High frost tolerance
High drought tolerance
Medium salt tolerance
High shade tolerance
Sowing

Begin with a weed free seed bed. Sow seed 10-15 mm below the soil surface. Germination may take from 10-14 days in spring or summer or considerably longer in cooler conditions.

Sowing rate Sow Griffin weeping grass at a rate of 1 - 3 kg per 100 square meters for lawns.
Sow Burra weeping grass at a rate of 20 - 25 kg per hectare for revegetation
Sow Burra weeping grass at a rate of 10 - 20 kg per hectare for pasture
Uses Lawns
Revegetation
Pasture
Horticulture
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Distribution map of weeping grass (microlaena stipoides)
Distribution map for weeping grass (microlaena stipoides)

Weeping grass is an Australian native grass which is widely distributed throughout the damper zones of eastern Australia from Cape York to Tasmania. It is also found in the wetter districts of South Australia and in the south-west of Western Australia.

A mowed weeping grass (Microlaena stipoides) lawn

Burra Weeping grass (Microlaena stipoides var. Burra) lawn

Cattle grazing weeping grass (Microlaena stipoides) pasture

Cattle grazing weeping grass (microlaena stipoides) pasture

Weeping grass used in revegetation of paperbark woodlands

Weeping grass in revegetation