Romanticised Themeda triandra
kangaroo Grass or Themeda triandra is the dominant grass of the Victorian Basalt Plains that stretch from the western half of Melbourne to the South Australian border. And it occurs in mixtures of other grasses all over eastern Australia. It is a summer-growing grass, dormant in winter, when its foliage sometimes goes purple. No-one knows why it's called kangaroo grass for sure - certainly kangaroos eat it, but also its distinctive flower-head looks a little like a kangaroo's paw when spread.