Brachyscome graminea

Stiff Daisy, Grass Daisy

Family: Asteraceae

Brachyscome graminea is a herbaceous daisy and groundcover, growing in open forests from coasts to alpine areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. In NSW, it grows mainly on the coast and tablelands.

It is a low, spreading perennial plant up to about 30 cm tall, which often produces suckers from the roots.

The leaves are linear and up to 15 cm long and only about 1 cm wide.

The pink or mauve flower heads (capitula) are about 15 – 20 mm diameter and occur on thin, leafless stalks. Flowers are seen mainly in spring, but flowers occur sporadically at other times.

The author has been growing the pale-mauve flowering form for many years and has found it to be the best of all the cultivars and hybrids, by far, as it is tolerant of dry conditions and responses well to some moisture and it long flowering.

In the garden

Grows best in a sunny frost free position but will tolerate shadier positions but will grow more open. Has a suckering habit that allows it creep along your garden to positions it prefers.

Pest free and popular with stingless bees.


By cutting or division.

Other information

This taxon has recently being reclassified and used to be Brachyscome angustifolia var. angustifolia.

Brachyscome angustifolia var. heterophylla has been split into B. triloba, B. brownii and B. sieberi.

The name of Brachyscome angustifolia is no longer used in NSW.

The genus name is spelled Brachycome by some authors. Henri Cassini published the name Brachyscome in 1816, forming it from the classical Greek brachys (“short”) and kome (“hair”), a reference to the very short pappus bristles. Because the combining form of brachys in Greek compound words is brachy-, Cassini later corrected the spelling to Brachycome. Australian taxonomists still debate whether Cassini’s corrected spelling is admissible under the rules of botanical nomenclature. A proposal to conserve Brachycome was rejected in 1993 by the Committee for Spermatophyta.

Many culitivars are available and their leaf shape is a good indication of their parents as B. graminea is quite striking.

Likely regenerates from seed after fire.

Brachyscome – from the Greek vrachys (βραχυς), meaning “short” and come, a tuft of hairs, referring to the short pappus on the achenes (fruits) of the genus (which is a feature of many Asteraceae members).
graminea – Latin meaning “grass-like” or “grasses”.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild.


By Jeff Howes