|Scientific name||Dichanthium sericeum||Common name(s)||Queensland Bluegrass
Silky Blue Grass
Queensland Bluegrass is a leafy upright tufted perennial grass. It also has a strong capacity to root at nodes and to spread laterally by this method. The stems and leaves have a distinctive blue-green appearance. It flowers in summer and the seed heads are similar in appearance to Redgrass and have a distinctive silky feel. There are very hairy junctions on the stem of the inflorescence.
|Tolerance||Moderate frost tolerance
High drought tolerance
High heat tolerance
High grazing tolerance
The seed is supplied in florets or with vermiculite. The seed will germinate only under warm conditions. Seed can be sown from spring to early autumn. Late autumn seedlings can be damaged by frost. Sow seed on or close to the surface (approximately no deeper than 5 mm) and keep the soil moist. Seed sown on the surface may dry out and not germinate.
Sow at a rate of 5 to 10 kg per hectare for revegetation
Sow at a rate of 5 to 10 kg per hectare for pasture
Queensland Bluegrass distribution
Queensland Bluegrass grows in all states of Australia, but it grows principally in northern Australia, especially in association with Mitchell grass in Queensland and with some of the arid zone grasses such as Lemon-scented grass. It is dominant in warmer grasslands and woodlands in areas with predominantly summer rainfall. It also grows in many other locations across Australia, but is more scattered and prefers warmer, drier sites. It is adapted to a broad range of climatic types and soils.