Pigeon Grass

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Setaria surgens

Family : Poaceae

Pigeon grass is a slender grass that can grow to 60 cm tall. The grass is a bright green with stems that can be bent or upright. This grass will often appear purple toward the base.

The flowers look similar to a bottle brush. They are white, also with a purple tinge, and up to 1cm long. The bottle brush look is due to stiff bristles that make the flower look plump. These hold tiny seeds close to the stem. Flowers are mostly seen from January to July.

The flowers and the colour of this grass make it very attractive for gardens. It can be planted thickly or in small amounts to fill in gaps. It enjoys sandy soils but will grow in most soil types. It is an important food source for seed eating birds.


Quick Facts

Flowers January to July
Fruit February to July
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds
Growth Habit Grass
Typical Height 60cm
Soils Most Soils and Sand
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Low to Moderate Tolerance


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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