Cymbopogon refractus - Barbed Wire grass

$186.00$1,258.00 (GST Inc.)

Barbed Wire grass (also known as Lemon Scented grass)
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Barbed Wire grass is also commonly known as Lemon Scented grass. You will find this grass growing in abundance along coastal areas of eastern Australia. In the wild, this grass commonly occurs in eucalyptus woodlands and grasslands. Barbed Wire grass can occur naturally in the Northern Territory, although it is listed as a threatened species. This grass grows across a wide range of soils from sand to loam to clay and in full sun to partial shade

Barbed Wire grass is a long-lived perennial with the plants life time being anywhere between 5-25 years. It is most notable for its seedheads which have a barbed wire appearance, hence the name. Plants are upright and noninvasive and reach from 1.2 to 1.5 m tall under normal conditions and can produce a large quantity of leafy growth. Along with other grasses in the Cymbopogon family, the leaves emit a strong lemon scent when crushed.

This native Australian grass survives under the very harshest conditions of drought as long. This is as along as areas are not heavily grazed. As a pasture grass, it provides valuable fodder on poor soils and will produce reasonable quantities as long as not heavily grazed. In some landscaping circumstances it can be considered as an alternative to Kangaroo grass as the seedheads are equally distinctive and the plants are similar in size and form. Important grass for restoration projects. This includes eroded areas, quarries and mines with rocky, skeletal substrates without topsoil

  • High drought tolerance
  • High heat tolerance
  • Very tolerant of low nutrient and dry sites.
Unfortunately due to quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia

Sowing Information


5-10kg per ha


  1. For best results try to ensure that the seed bed is weed free. Native grasses are slow growers and effective weed control is highly desirable.
  2. It is also incredibly helpful to know the pH levels of your soil so take soil sample to test your soil pH level, following test kit instructions.
  3. While the soil is under preparation, it is a good idea to sow a few seeds into a sterile seed raising mix to be kept moist until germination. This will allow for easier identification of lawn seedlings once the lawn is sown.
  4. Before sowing, the soil surface should be loosened with either a rake or harrows to ensure adequate seed to soil contact.
  5. No fertiliser is necessary. in particular, avoid any phosphate-based fertilisers. the addition of organic matter however will add to a successful result.
  6. Spread the seed evenly over the prepared surface and rake it in, so it is lightly covered. Seed sown deeper than 15 mm may not germinate.
  7. Where possible, try rolling the area as it lightly presses soil particles together and ensures grass seeds are in contact with the soil. This will eliminate air pockets that could interfere with seed germination and growth and a rolled seedbed also holds moisture longer.
  8. If there is access to irrigation, for the first three weeks, water approximately 2-3 times a week, taking into account the weather. It is important after sowing grass seed to ensure seeds do not dry out.
  9. Use the sown seed sample to help identify grass seedlings from weeds.

Unfortunately due to Quarantine restrictions this product is not available to Western Australia

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