Cymbopogon refractus Barbed Wire Grass

Cymbopogon refractus Barbed Wire Grass

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Valuable Australian Native grass with uniquely barbed wire shaped seed heads from which it gets it name. Unfortunately very under-rated in Australian Gardens. These grasses can form neat clumps if regularly pruned. An important food source and shelter plant for many Aussie animals and insects. 


Barbed Wire Grass is deciduous in colder locations. Prune dead leaves off just before warm weather arrives - DON'T throw leaves away as they are great for the soil and compost. Many native insects/worms thrive on these native grasses dead leaves!

Barbed Wire Grass grows well in full sun. Enjoys some moisture but most forms/provenances become drought tolerant after establishment.

Before purchasing please contact us to see which provenance we might have close to you.


Currently plants are propagated to order. Please contact us for more information.

Price listed per plant sold as tube stock size (images to come).

Tube stock size is preferable as it allows plants to be transported much easier as well as establishing much quicker in their new homes compared to larger sized plants

Protect your local Biodiversity

Do not release any plant into your local environment even if native. Plants from cultivated sources may not be of genetic local provenance and interfere with local population genetics.

Happy to combine postage at a revised rate if additional plants are purchased.

Apologies we cannot Send to WA, TAS or NT due biosecurity.

Please pay by 4pm Saturday before post day Sunday to give us time to package the plants. Payments after 4pm Saturday will likely result in plants being packaged and posted on the following Sunday.

Plants will be express posted on Sundays

Be aware that we cannot claim responsibility for delayed times in postage.

We do our best to package carefully & post on Sundays to minimise delays in transit, we care about our plant life some of which are rare, we want the plants to arrive to you in the best possible condition. But please note some factors are out of control, especially in current times.

Please contact us with any questions.

Happy growing!


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