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A picture of a Spear grass

Spear grass

Aciphylla spp.

Also known as

Bayonet plant

Aciphylla subflabellata, RBGE 2010 by Lokal_Profil (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Spear grass

A close up of some yellow Aciphylla flowers
A close up of some yellow Aciphylla flowers
An Aciphylla plant with orange flowers in a field
A Aciphylla plant in a grassy field
A close up of a Aciphylla plant

Spear grass Overview

Aciphylla is a genus containing 46 species in the carrot family, Apiaceae. These plants are endemic to New Zealand and Australia. They produce mounds of foliage in rosettes, leaves are long, stiff and pointed. Flowers appear on tall central spikes, they may be yellow, orange or cream-white.

Common problems with Spear grass

How to propagate Spear grass


By seed when fresh, in late summer.

Special features of Spear grass

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Spear grass

The architectural value of their spiky foliage. Mixed border or rock gardens.