If you are looking for a native grass, that grows in shade and is easy care then Microlaena stipoides could be the answer, and the variety you are looking for is ‘Griffin’.
Native to Australia Microlaena stipoides is commonly called weeping grass and a number of varieties have been developed in recent years
For a lawn substitute Griffin is the variety to look for. This is a low growing variety reaching around 15cm in height. It is low maintenance once established, needing to mown 2 – 4 times a year depending on climate and conditions, it grows well in shade and has low water requirements.
How to grow Weeping Grass
This is a grass that is generally grown from seed .
Sow directly after weeding the area well, solarisation using black plastic can be a good way of removing many weeds.
- Lightly rake the soil over and spread the seed at recommended rate.
- Water in well and keep moist
- Germination can be slow
- You may need to over sow at a later date to fill any patches.
- After 2 years this grass should be well established and require little maintenance.