Themeda triandra ‘Quokka’ – Kangaroo Grass

The very compact habit coupled with interestingly textured foliage, seed heads and flowers of this iconic Australian native grass are its defining features. Use it as a lawn substitute for small areas where it will not receive excessive foot traffic or as an unusual border plant at the front of a bed. Remove spent flower stems and dead foliage once a year at the end of summer. The seeds can be ground for flour.

Family:Poaceae
Scientific Name:Themeda triandra
Cultivar:Quokka
Common Name:Kangaroo Grass
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like
Height:0.2 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.4 ~ 0.6 metres
Flower Colour:Green, Brown
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Border plant, Lawn alternative
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Lizards

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.