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Austrostipa scabra

Rough Spear-grass, Corkscrew

Species Description

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Species description

Cultivation and Uses

This link will give you information about climate parameters, tolerance of climate extremes and adverse soils, biological traits under cultivation, soil factors, uses and potentially undesirable attributes.

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 at temperatures below 25°C.

Germination success may be increased by smoke treatment.

Pests and Disease
When to Sow Seeds / Temperature to Sow


Seed Collection Timeframe

October - March

Storage and Ripening

After-ripening period of 4-6 months.
Seed will retain viability for long periods stored at room temperature.

Grows from Cuttings