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01 Aug 2019, 12:23

Hi,

I can't take a photo of it, but I have stumbled upon a grass that I think might be good for finches. It is around 40-65cm in length, quite skinny, and has purple seed heads at the top. Does anyone know what this is and if it's safe for finches?
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01 Aug 2019, 12:26

do the seed heads look like a helicopter
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01 Aug 2019, 12:30

Kinda. It's like an oval-shaped seed covered in purple 'fluff'
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02 Aug 2019, 09:10

Sounds like molasses grass (need photo to confirm) - not much good as finch food as seed heads are more fluff than seed.
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02 Aug 2019, 09:12

Might be Dalis Grass
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02 Aug 2019, 09:33

Dalis grass is an alternate name for some paspalum species which generally have a green head.
Molasses grass and Natal grass are 2 relatively common purple-headed grasses and are related to each other. Natal grass is slightly better as finch food as its seed kernel is more substantial and the fluff is just a couple of thicker hairs. Google them to check which one you are referring too.
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02 Aug 2019, 09:36

Google Fountain Grass - that is another possability. More use as nesting material than food, but worth putting in to see if it is the one.
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02 Aug 2019, 09:46

If this helps - IT DOES NOT HAVE LEAVES - very skinny light green stem.
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02 Aug 2019, 09:47

Not fountain grass.
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02 Aug 2019, 10:27

It looks like natal grass. What benefit does this have for finches?
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