This plant has a mild fragrance
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Kikuyu Grass Overview
Pennisetum clandestinum is commonly known by the name kikuyu grass. It is a popular grass to grow as a lawn in South Africa, Nieu Seeland, Australia and America because it is inexpensive and fast-spreading. Its aggressive growth has led to it being classified invasive in many areas. It originates from East Africa and is named after the tribe living there. It provides food for cattle and other livestock as well as supporting many wild birds.
Common problems with Kikuyu Grass
Grasshoppers, mole crickets and lawn caterpillars can be a threat.
How to harvest Kikuyu Grass
Cut weekly to keep neat. Pastures need to be rotated to allow recovery after grazing.
How to propagate Kikuyu Grass
Sow seed in Spring and keep moist.
Divide thick patches and replant with runners with roots.
Make cuttings from the thick rhizomes with a few nodes attached and replant. Keep moist.
Divide the thick rhizomes and replant.
Special features of Kikuyu Grass
The flowering culms are very short and "hidden" amongst the leaves, but a good food source to some birds.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Kikuyu Grass
Horses, cows and sheep eat kikuyu as green food. Make sure to rotate to allow recovery!