about Progardes

Progardes is a perennial tropical legume blend from the Desmanthus family with superior genetics and diversity. Progardes has been bred and proven in the harshest conditions on clay soils of North Australia by Chris Gardiner and James Cook University over a period of some 20 years.

The name Progardes is an amalgam of:
Pro: Protein
Gar: Recognition of Chris Gardiner, the breeder
Des: Desmanthus


Progardes is the best tropical legume developed in the last decade, and our objective is to assist graziers to successfully capture the benefits.For general advice regarding establishment, please see our Progardes Establishment Guidelines here.

To read about Progardes in the Media, click here.

To order Progardes and obtain further information regarding paddock-specific establishment methods please contact us.

We will address your individual circumstances by ensuring appropriate seeding rates with a blend of high quality hard and scarified seed and offering tailored advice on seed bed preparation.

Seeding can be applied by our aerial seeding partner Aero Professional Services based in Emerald. Cost effective precision applications are achieved by using professional GPS systems linked to seed metering and delivery equipment.

Alternatively, Progardes can be sown using ground seeding equipment.


Progardes is a composite of Desmanthus varieties selected to give wide adaptation and includes material covered by Plant Breeders Rights. Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this material is an infringement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994.




Features Benefits
Well adapted to rainfall from 400-1000 mm/yr Once established, will persist in semi-arid subtropical and tropical regions
Compatible with introduced grasses, e.g. Buffel Addresses sown (Buffel) pasture run down
Compatible with native pastures, e.g. Mitchell, Flinders and Blue grasses Improved grassland outcomes and animal production
Increased pasture production period Increases profitability
High quality nutritive value and digestibility Increased animal performance: live weight gain, carrying capacity, and reproductive performance
Taproot is well developed, with growing crown at or below soil surface Drought, grazing, frost and fire tolerant
Non-thorny and non-toxic Good palatability with no animal health risk
Well adapted to variable pH levels (slightly acidic to alkaline) of clay rich soils Will establish and persist over wide areas of pastoral grasslands
Methane reduction Potential to improve climate abatement outcomes