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Binomial Name:  Austrostipa ramosissima

 

Common Name:  Stout Bamboo Grass

 

Family:  POACEAE

 

Flower:  Panicle with white hairs, large fine inflorescence

 

Fruit: Awn

 

Flowering Period:  Year round

 

Height: 2.5 metres

 

Width: 1 metre

 

Habit:  Grass

 

Aspect: Full sun, morning sun, enjoys moisture so mulch and water regularly until established

 

Soil Type: Clay to sandy soils (add compost to sandy soil for best results)

 

Soil pH:  5.5. to 6.5

 

Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Kangaroo and wallaby poo and Aussie animal scats are also beneficial when placed around the root zone. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug

 

Mulch: Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness

 

Root System: Contained. Not invasive

 

Drought Tolerant: Once established. Keep well watered in first 2 years until waist high. Water in dry periods

 

Frost Tolerant: Yes

 

Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes

 

Fire Response:  Yes. Recovers well from burning

 

Host Requred: No

 

Fast Growing: Moderate 

 

Gardens: Coastal, mountain, native gardens, sensory gardens, native herbaceous borders

 

Natural Occurrence: Occurs south-east Queensland to southern New South Wales both inland and coastal with isolated occurrences in north Queensland. It occurs in well-drained gullies near forests and woodland.

 

Known Plant Associations:  Angophora subvelutina, Eucalyptus elata, Backhousia myrtifolia, Tristaniopsis laurina, Banksia integrifolia

 

Known Fauna Associations:  Various seed eating bird species (eg finches), reptiles

 

Other Information:  Does best in dapled light where it has access to moisture or where water puddles but then drains. This is a good replaceent for exotic urple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum') and Miscanthus species which are often used in herbaceous borders and wild meadow gardens. The is a C3 Winter growing grass so it can be cut back at the end of Winter to invigorate growth. Bamboo like canes lend this grass to being used as a feature plant. It works on well on balconies as a pot plant where it can be watered with the water draining away. It is particularly striking in tall pots so the long canes and panicles catch both the wind and the sunlight.

 

 

 

 

Austrostipa ramosissima (Stout Bamboo Grass)

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