Kangaroo Grass Growing Guide

T. triandra (synonym Themeda australis)

Kangaroo Grass

Crop Rotation Group



Fertile, well-drained soil.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No. Kangaroo grass grows best in subtropical climates with no freezing weather. Established plants will tolerate a light frost.


None needed.


Single Plants: 50cm (1' 7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 50cm (1' 7") with 50cm (1' 7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow fresh seed from spring to early autumn, while the soil is warm. Less than half of the seeds collected from wild plants are viable, so be generous when planting kangaroo grass in a meadow situation. Better yet, cut mature seed-bearing awns from established plants in late summer and scatter them where you want kangaroo grass to grow. Plants grown in containers can be set out from spring to early summer. Young plants need water their first year, but after that kangaroo grass becomes very drought tolerant. Kangaroo grass is a bit slow to establish, but should form a vigorous clump by its second year. You can increase your supply of plants by digging divisions from the outside of the clump from late spring to early summer, and transplanting them immediately to a new location.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


An important native plant in Australia’s grasslands, kangaroo grass is also used in parts of Africa for food and fibre. This perennial, tuft forming grass does a beautiful job of dramatising wind, and large plantings can be used as lawn alternatives. Kangaroo grass leaves host several species of native insects, and birds nest in the low foliage. Old foliage can be cut away at any time, preferably in spring just before new growth begins.



Kangaroo grass has few problems when grown in a warm climate with full sun.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Kangaroo Grass