A new neighbour interested in native grasses, a walk with a good friend through her grassland property, and visits from the Trust For Nature have all combined in the last month or so to spur me to look at our grasses. So, I’m beginning with Kangaroo Grass.
While it is not the dominant grass on our property, there are a few pockets of Kangaroo Grass, including some close to the house. I’m just learning to identify grasses and I confess this is one of the easier ones for me to learn. According to the Flora of Victoria website, only one species of Kangaroo Grass grows in our area, and it has quite a distinctive look. The photograph shows the form of the seed head, with purplish and green colours.
Hopefully we can expand the presence of the native Kangaroo Grass and reduce the presence of the exotic Sweet Vernal Grass, which had a bumper season over summer with the La Niña wet weeks.