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Xanthorrhoea macronema

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Xanthorrhoea macronema Forest Grasstree, Bottlebrush Grasstree, Coastal Grasstree,
Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Grasses, Strappy & Tufting, Shrubs Rounded, Shrub Like, Tufting

A very slow growing spectacular grasstree with a absent trunk, growing below the ground. Growing to approx 45cm-90cm tall, spent leaf bases create the trunk. Thin, firm grass-like light green leaves appear out of the trunk tops and extend approx 90cm, arching over. Beautiful bottlebrush like flowers. Grass trees usually flower after a bushfire. In the absence of fires, they will only flower if healthy. Flower stalks are incredible, can grow approx 3cm per day and reach 3m high. Honey scented flowers attract birds and bees. Grass trees can take a few years to settle and adapt, but will make a statement in any garden style.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
60cm-1m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun Loam, Sandy, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Bird Attracting, Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Courtyard, Cut Flower, Feature, Foliage Feature / Colour, Formal Garden, Fragrant Garden, Habitat, Low Water Garden, Rockery, Tropical Garden, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Keep moist during dry periods, Liquid feed, Low phosphorus slow release fertiliser, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Xanthorrhoeaceae Australia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Cream
Flower Fragrant: Yes
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Fruit: Yes

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Slow
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: Moderate
Wind: High