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Baloskion tetraphyllum 'Feather Top' (Feather rush, Swamp foxtails, Tassel cord rush)

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Plant description

baloskion tetraphyllum feather top feather rush

baloskion tetraphyllum feather top

Baloskion tetraphyllum 'Feather Top' is a herbaceous perennial plant which is native to swampy areas. It is a selected small form of Baloskion, and is a good specimen plant, or for massed plantings. It is also an excellent container plant. Traditionally the foliage of this plant is used by florist in their flower arrangements. This plant doesn't self seed or become invasive, and has few pests or diseases.

Baloskion performs well in free draining moist, boggy sites, and water courses of shallow areas of ponds. It can also grow in general gardens provided it receives regular watering and partial shade from hot summer heat. It can withstand dry periods once established. It is suitable for sunny spots, partial shade or shady areas. Cut back every couple of years to tidy old foliage and to encourage new growth.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: green, brown
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.8 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Frogs, lizards, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: wet, moist.

Clay: wet, moist.

Sand: wet, moist.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring if needed.

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