Baloskion tetraphylllum – Tassel Cord Rush

This rush-type plant grows in dense clumps, with striking green foliage ending in feathered tips which create an attractive display. Produces bronze flowering stems in Summer, these can be used for indoor floral arrangements or left on the plant to create a striking mass display. The seeds of the common form provide an attractive food source for native birds such as finches. Ideal for gardens and landscape planting, and also suitable for container planting. Extremely versatile in all regards, it can be grown in full sun or full shade and is moderately frost tolerant. It grows well in moist boggy areas and shallow water with little to no maintenance. In containers or dry areas it performs best in partial to full shade with regular watering.

Scientific Name:Baloskion tetraphyllum
Common Name:Tassel Cord Rush
Other Common Names:Feather Rush, Swamp Foxtails
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Aquatic
Height:0.5 ~ 1.8 metres
Width:0.45 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:Brown
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Boggy poorly drained, Needs regular watering
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bog gardens, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Other insects


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




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.