Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata – Grass Tree

This species of slow growing and long lived grass tree originates in South Australia, and has a low growing trunk topped with a spray of grassy leaves. It has a spear-like spike of flowers which can reach five metres tall. A very architectural and handsome plant for landscaping work. To successfully grow grass trees, plant in a well drained soil in full sun, as they are prone to root rot. They will also do well in large containers. Tolerate some frost, and dry periods. The red resin that grass trees exude has been used as glue and varnish. Propagation is from seed, which can take a couple of months to germinate.

Scientific Name:Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata
Common Name:Grass Tree
Other Common Names:Rock Grass Tree, Mount Lofty Grass Tree
Plant Type:Small shrub, Grass or grass-like
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants