Dichanthium sericeum - Silky Bluegrass

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Silky Bluegrass (Also known as Queensland Bluegrass)

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Description

Silky Bluegrass grows in all states of Australia, but it grows principally in the northern states of Australia. Silky bluegrass is quite commonly associated with Curly Mitchell grass which grows in abundance in the floodplains of the upper Darling River. You can also find this grass growing along side some of the more resilient native grasses like Barbed Wire grass in arid areas of Australia.  This grass also grows in many other locations across Australia, but is more scattered and prefers warmer, drier sites. It is adapted to a broad range of climatic types and soils.

SOILS

Silky Bluegrass grows best on the clay soils but will also grows on loams or rocky sites. This grass is perfect for alkaline soils, preferring a soil pH range is from 6.0 to 7.5.

TOLERANCES
  • Moderate frost tolerance
  • High drought tolerance and heat tolerance
  • High grazing tolerance
USES

Silky Bluegrass is a beautiful tufted erect perennial grass to 80 cm high with blue foliage. This is a useful pasture grass as it has a high leaf to stem ratio and is palatable to stock especially when young. The foliage is palatable even when it is flowering. Silky Bluegrass is also a stunning grass which has a blue green tinge and has soft leaves. You can use in landscaping projects whether it be in a lawn or in a garden for ornamental effect. This is because of its distinctive and attractive appearance. So you have green growth all year round, we recommend sowing this grass with a winter active native grass like Wallaby grass.

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

SOWING

SOW RATE

5 to 10 kg/ha (florets) for pasture and revegetation.

The seed will germinate only under warm conditions. Seed can be sown from spring to early autumn. Late autumn seedlings can be damaged by frost.

SOWING GUIDELINES

  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

Distribution Map

SILKY BLUEGRASS

Queensland Bluegrass is a leafy upright tufted perennial grass. It also has a strong capacity to root at nodes and to spread laterally by this method. The stems and leaves have a distinctive blue-green appearance. It flowers in summer and the seedheads are similar in appearance to Redgrass and have a distinctive silky feel. There are very hairy junctions on the stem of the inflorescence. Queensland Bluegrass has bluish stems, whereas Redgrass has more red colouration of the leaf margin and stem.

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