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Austrostipa mollis

Supple Spear-grass, Soft Spear-grass

Species Description

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Species description

Cultivation and Uses

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Cultivation and uses

Plant Growing Stages


2 Months

4 Months

6 Months


Seed Description

Seed Pre-Treatment


Cover seed with potting mix to twice the seed diameter, then add a layer of gravel.



Difficult to grow from seed.

Germination of non-dormant seed in 3-10 weeks.

Cool season grass - best results if sown in autumn or early winter at temperatures between 12 and 25°C.

Germination success may be increased by smoke treatment.

Pests and Disease
When to Sow Seeds / Temperature to Sow

Autumn-Early winter

Seed Collection Timeframe

November - January

Storage and Ripening

May have an after-ripening period of 12+ months.
If stored at room temperature seeds will retain viability for long periods. Evidence shown that seeds can last up to 5.5 years although not recommended

Grows from Cuttings