A meadow is an area of grassland or other low plants, generally left unmown. In this region, native meadows occur naturally in a number of areas. They can develop where wombats or macropods such as kangaroos graze plants, keeping grasses low and preventing shrubs or trees from developing. Or they may occur as a mixed understorey below eucalypts or other trees, such as in Wiseman Park in Gwynneville.
Native meadows can be very beautiful, using low flowering plants or grasses with interesting flower and seed heads to create interest. They often require less maintenance than a lawn, though they're not generally suitable for playing backyard ball games! Here's a shot of a grassy meadow ringed by trees.
|A mixed native grass meadow, kept low by grazing or mowing.|
This one's practically a lawn!
|Commelina (Commelina cyanea) is a useful meadow plant.|
|Mixed native meadow plants for a shady spot.|
|Another fern, and one that will actually grow in a fair amount |
of sun, is Prickly Rasp Fern (Blechnum asperum). Its
reddish new growth is a real feature.
|Pygmy Panic, looking very lawnlike|
|Forest Starwort has gorgeous flowers,|
and as a bonus it's edible.