Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) is a common species on all soil types, from sand to heavy clays. In Particular, Themeda triandra grows in soils of low to moderately high pH. You will find Themeda triandra in almost all parts of Australia. this is because it is one of the most widely distributed grassland and woodland species. It is a warm season grass that has its main growth in summer and is generally dormant in winter. A great adaption of this grass is its fire tolerant and responds well to regular burning and spelling. It responds quickly to the first rain of the season growing an upright green leaf from the crown of the plant.
Themeda triandra is known for its deep root systems and its striking seed head that forms during summer. It is widely associated with revegetation due to its high persistence over many years. It is ideally suited to growth on poor and exposed soils, low fertility and rainfall sites and for situations where low maintenance is required. This grass makes a wonderful landscaping plant if allowed to grow to its full size. It also produces a large bulk of dry matter and makes excellent fodder for grazing.
- High drought tolerance
- High heat tolerance
- Low to moderate frost tolerance
- High tolerance to fire
Themeda triandra is fire tolerant and responds well to regular burning and spelling. It responds quickly to the first rain of the season growing an upright green leaf from the crown of the plant. Being very palatable it is preferentially grazed by cattle and horses when it is green.