Microlaena stipoides – Burra Weeping grass

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Burra Weeping grass (Microlaena Stipoides var. Burra) is adapted to a very wide variety of soil types. Some types have a broad range of pH adaptation. General rule of thumb is that most prefer acidic soils. Some varieties of this grass can survive in strongly acidic soils and others in alkaline soil.

  • High drought tolerance
  • High frost tolerance
  • Medium salt tolerance
  • Good shade tolerance
  • Grazing and mowing tolerant

This is an extremely versatile and useful grass. Weeping grass has an attractive appearance, persistence and high grazing value, as well as tolerance of shade and acid soils. This means this grass is an incredibly popular choice across all industries. Weeping grass is a great option for roadsides, municipal parks and gardens as it requires little to no maintenance. This native provides persistent ground cover once established and requires mowing roughly 3-4 times a year. The dense foliage and soft leaves means that this grass produces a very high quality lawn. If you have issues where shading is common from buildings, fences and trees, this is the grass you need.

Golf course roughs – Weeping grass does not grow too tall and will permit mis-hit balls to be found.

Pastures in acid soils of moderate to high rainfall where high quality fodder, low fertilizer needs and persistence are valued.

Revegetation in conjunction with other native grasses for river and stream edges to reduce erosion.

Inter-row sowing and within-row sowing in vineyards and other horticulture where the persistence of the grass, its low growth and its shade tolerance make it a good choice in the right districts.

This product is APPROVED for distribution in Western Australia and Nationally.



10-15 kg 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. Where there is no access to irrigation, sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain. 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.


Irrigation Sow all year round
No irrigation Sow from autumn to spring coincided with rain

Distribution Map

Weeping grass

Weeping grass is an Australian native grass that is widely distributed throughout the damper zones of eastern Australia from Cape York to Tasmania. It is also found in the wetter districts of South Australia and in the south-west of Western Australia. It also occurs naturally in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

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