Oxley Wallaby grass – Vermiculite Mix

Oxley Wallaby
Wallaby grass (Rytidosperma spp.) in between vinesWallaby grass (Rytidosperma spp.) in between vinesDistribution map of Oxley wallaby grass (Rytidosperma geniculata)Oxley Wallaby Grass (Rytidosperma geniculata)

Hold on to your hats, ladies & gentlemen! Our Oxley Wallaby grass is finally back in stock! This little number has been selectively bred for its small stature making it an ideal low maintenance lawn. Best of all, it’s extremely drought, heat & frost tolerant!

This product comes as a Vermiculite mix. The vermiculite mixed with the Wallaby florets make for easier sowing and allow seeds to germinate more rapidly.

Recommended Sow Rate:  1kg per 100m2




Oxley Wallaby grasses (Rytidosperma spp.) are erect tufted perennials with fine leaves. Previously called Austrodanthonia spp. this grass is variable in form between species and in response to changes in environment. Oxley wallaby grass grows to a height of 30 cm. Wallaby grasses remain green throughout the year. They flower in spring and sometimes in autumn depending on the climate. The seedheads vary considerably, but commonly have attractive white fluffy tops when mature.

Austrodanthonia geniculata var. Oxley was selectively bred by Native Seeds. This grass is of small stature and produces little foliage. With this low growth habit, this grass is very useful in situations where persistence, ground coverage and/or visual appeal are more important than dry matter production.

There has been a relatively recent renaming of the Wallaby grasses that saw the inclusion of all those previously known as Austrodanthonia along with those from Joycea, Rytidosperma and Notodanthonia into a much larger genus now called the Rytidosperma. This new genus includes species from many southern hemisphere countries. For convenience we have listed both the new and old names.


Medium clays to light sandy loams. Most Wallaby grasses prefer not to be waterlogged. Within the wide range of Wallaby grasses are species that can thrive on virtually all soil types.


High frost tolerance

High drought and 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 7 to 14 days in autumn and spring, but it may take up to 60 days in winter. Germination during the warmer months is entirely driven by soil moisture levels with inadequate moisture causing a substantial delay in germination.


Wallaby grasses are very adaptable and perform well for many uses.

Pasture – under grazing Wallaby grasses are nutritious, productive and persistent when grazed intermittently. They are not suited to set stocking.

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. Their summer activity is low, meaning that they will not compete strongly with the vines or trees for moisture at that time.

Revegetation – Wallaby grasses are used on disrupted soils where soil erosion control or long term perennial cover is required or on roadsides where soils are poor and shallow and minimum maintenance is desired.

Lawns – Wallaby grass types such as Hume and Oxley have been used very successfully where mowing height can be kept at 50 mm or higher.

Amenity areas of low or passive use and where irrigation is unavailable.

Golf course roughs – Wallaby grass can be used for golf course roughs or other areas requiring attractive plants with low maintenance requirements. Wallaby grass sowings will not become so thick that a golf ball cannot be found in amongst the plants and usually a shot is playable.

Landscaping – Wallaby grass is also an attractive and versatile plant for landscaping applications. The choice of species will be determined by the desired height for the seedheads.

Remediation of toxic soils – Tests by the University of Melbourne have shown that some types of Wallaby grass are able to tolerate very high levels of heavy metals and other toxic matter.

Food for insects and birds – Wallaby grasses are the preferred habitat for many butterflies and moths, including the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth. Birds are well known to enjoy Wallaby grass seeds.

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