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|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Wow factor|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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