27th January - Lachnagrostis filiformis - Fairy Grass

Lachnagrostis filiformis

Annual or perennial up to 30 cm high. The inflorescence breaks off and is blown by the wind as it scatters its seeds. Hence also called blown grass.

Flowers September - January.

Although it is classed as a weed in other places, in the Adelaide Hills it barely survives. I fact it can be difficult to find in the Aldgate Valley. It likes to grow on the edge of asphalt roads where it is destroyed by road management.

Can be built up into a nice show if cared for. individual plats seem to last at most three years and therefore it is necessary to make sure it reseeds and regrows continually.