Austrostipa ramosissima – Bamboo Grass

Austrostipa is a tall ornamental grass for low maintenance and waterwise plantings. Great in the ground or in containers, alone or for eye catching massed effects. It can reach to 2.5 metres tall, and has feathery, elegant seed heads. Flowering can be any time of the year. It is a perennial, that grows from underground rhizomes, so can be cut back hard to rejuvenate. Frost and drought tolerant. It used to be known as Stipa ramosissima.

Scientific Name:Austrostipa ramosissima
Common Name:Stout Bamboo Grass
Other Common Names:Plume grass, spear grass
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like
Height:2 ~ 2.5 metres
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Cream, Green
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Border plant
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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