Lepidosperma effusum – Sword Grass

An evergreen sedge plant, it is a robust perennial that grows from rhizomes, making it a very tough and hardy plant. It grows to around 2 metres high and wide. It has razor sharp leaf blades that can cut unwary hands, but which serve as protection for small birds, animals, frogs and lizards. The seed heads are a feed source for small birds. It is native to the south west corner of Western Australia.

Family : Cyperaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Grass or grass-like
Width : 2
Flowering Time : Spring, Winter
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Erosion control
Scientific Name: Lepidosperma effusum
Common Name : Sword Grass
Height : 2.5
Flower Color : Brown, Black
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Seed eating birds, Mammals, Lizards