Lepidosperma effusum – Sword Grass

An evergreen sedge plant, it is a robust perennial that grows from rhizomes, making it a very tough and hardy plant. It grows to around 2 metres high and wide. It has razor sharp leaf blades that can cut unwary hands, but which serve as protection for small birds, animals, frogs and lizards. The seed heads are a feed source for small birds. It is native to the south west corner of Western Australia.

Scientific Name:Lepidosperma effusum
Common Name:Sword Grass
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like
Height:2 ~ 2.5 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Brown, Black
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Mammals, Lizards



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants