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, Wildflower meadow
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 Features:Cut flower, Bog gardens, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Other insects

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Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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