Bothriochloa macra - Redgrass

$93.50$550.00 (GST Inc.)

Redgrass (also known as Red-leg grass)
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Redgrass (Bothriochloa macra) is a warm season grass that has green or reddish tinged leaves. You will find this grass naturally occurring along the South East coast of Australia. It survives well in harsh dryland conditions where less hardy grasses usually fail thanks to its ability t0 withstand long periods of drought. During the winter, Redgrass enters a dormant period. Redgrass is commonly found with Wallaby grass and Queensland Bluegrass.

Redgrass grows on a variety of soil types but is best on heavy clays and loams. It is at its best on heavy soils of low to moderate fertility and will establish readily on cracking soils. It prefers slightly acid to neutral pH soils, but can tolerate moderate alkalinity.

  • High drought tolerance
  • High heat tolerance
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Alkaline Tolerant
  • Medium tolerance to saline soils

Redgrass produces valuable fodder over the warmer months. When managed can be a useful perennial pasture. This is due to its persistence during droughts. For the same reason, this native is a perfect choice for soil conservation in heavily grazed summer pasture. It is also useful for soil conservation on degraded sites and river banks.

It is also useful as a grass cover on light roughs of golf courses. A real advantage of this native as a lawn is that it produces short rhizomes. This means the grass slowly spreads beyond the individual plant and will ultimately cover the soil completely. As a turf or lawn, it is a great choice in areas of low rainfall and infertile soils or on difficult clay soils.  This native has also been found to be tolerant of heavy metal laden mine wastes. While also showing tolerance to the poor conditions of tailings dams.

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

Distribution Map



5-8kg 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. Redgrass is tolerant to quite alkaline soils.
  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 Spring
No irrigation Spring


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