(This plant is NOT on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
A widespread sedge, native to India, Nepal, Africa, South America and all Australian States. It prefers the banks and shallows of streams and lagoons where it is hardy in moist soils or water up to a depth of 0.25 metres (13in) is available.
Frost tolerant, requiring little or no maintenance it will not survive drought conditions. It is excellent for erosion control forming a perennial tussock that flowers summer, autumn and winter.
It has olive green to brownish-green foliage arising from a woody rhizome, with yellow-brown flower spikes occurring in groups to form an umbrella shape.
Fast growing to a height of 1.5 metres (57in) it is a small bird and animal habitat and is used in Africa for hut building, reed mats, burnt to produce vegetable salts. The rhizome is used medicinally, grated to make a poultice for whitlows and swollen buboes and for dressings over the spleen for chronic malaria. It is also mixed with sugar cane for application of swollen breasts to promote milk flow.
Offered is a packet of 100 seeds and Grownotes to assist you in propagation.