Themeda Triandra florets 'Kangaroo Grass' Seeds

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Themeda Triandra florets 'Kangaroo Grass'- 2-4 florets with an approximate 15-20 Seeds

Themeda Triandra is is commonly known as Kangaroo Grass in Australia. Themeda Triandra is arguably the most widespread native grass in Australia.

The plant has traditional uses as food and medicine in Australia. Indigenous Australians harvested it to make bread and string for fishing nets around 30,000 years ago. It was used as livestock feed in early colonial Australia, but this use was largely replaced by introduced plants.

Themeda triandra is a grass grows in dense tufts up to 1.5 metres tall and 0.5 metres wide. It flowers in summer, producing large red-brown spikes on branched stems.

  • it can survive on land depleted by farming.
  • it is very drought resistant.
  • it tolerates extreme changes in temperature.
  • it is a perennial grass.
  • it can help to restore already degraded grassland.
  • contains 40 per cent more protein than traditional grains used for making bread.
  • because of the way it grows, forming a very dense tussock with its leaves bending outwards, it protects the soil and creates its own little ecosystem – it conserves moisture, creating habitat for small animals such as native insects.

Bush food use - The seeds are edible and can be ground into a flour.

Seed Starting Method

Themeda Triandra florets 'Kangaroo Grass' seeds are small in size. As a general rule Themeda Triandra florets 'Kangaroo Grass' seed should be sown to the depth of the seed or genly pressed into the soil, misted with water and left to germiate. 

Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many Australian native/ endemic species is around 18-22°C.  

Smoke treatment recommended

Sowing Depth

See above.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season

Spring & Summer
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 18-20c - around 21 days
Hardiness Hardy - prefered a partial shade position with mulch around its roots
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height See above description
Planting Position partial shade
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Seeds of many native/endemic species require specific conditions that mimic their natural habitat or specially formulated seed treatments, to break dormancy. 

Do not be to quick to discard pots that haven't yet shown signs of seed germination. Seeds will often lay dormant until conditions are optimal and will produce amazing results, long after they have been forgotten.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for most native species.

Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimics an Australian bushfire. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by applying to the surface after sowing.

Click this link to view our seed starting treatments specially designed for Australian Natives


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