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Kikuyu grass

Pennisetum clandestinum

Kikuyu gras (Afr.)

Kikuyu is a popular grass to grow as lawn in South Africa, Nieu Seeland, Australia and America, because it is inexpensive and fast spreading. It's aggressive growth lead to it also be classified invasive in many areas. It originate from East Africa and is named after the tribe living there. It is food for cattle and other livestock as well as many wild birds.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Cut weekly to keep neat. Pastures need to be rotated to allow recovery after grazing.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring and keep moist.
Division
Divide thick patches and replant with runners with roots.
Cuttings
Make cuttings from the thick rhizomes with a few nodes attached and replant. Keep moist.
Rhizomes
Divide the thick rhizomes and replant.

Special features

Attracts birds
The flowering culms are very short and "hidden" amongst the leaves, but a good food source to some birds.

Geography

Origin
East Africa
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Grazing
Horses, cows and sheep eat kikuyu as green food. Make sure to rotate to allow recovery!

Personality

Family
Poacea
Flower colour
Green
Scent
Mild

Problems

Grasshoppers, mole crickets and lawn caterpillars can be a threat.
African mole cricket
African mole cricket
Gryllotalpa africana

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