South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Andropogon eucomis

    Andropogon eucomis

    Snowflake Grass, Kleinwitbaardgras

    Andropogon eucomis is a very hardy, small upright growing grass with bright green foliage that is concentrated at the base of the plant. The glistening white seed heads are borne at the tip of reddish stems from November to May. This widespread grass is ornamental and easy to manage in the garden. ...
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  • Aristida junciformis

    Aristida junciformis


    Aristada junciformis is a handsome, very hardy, thick tufted grass with copious wispy seed heads that sway beautifully in the wind. The seeds persist on the plant for an extended period from November. to May, and the culms are slow to yellow with the onset of winter, making this a good landscape gra...
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  • Cenchrus ciliaris

    Cenchrus ciliaris

    Bloubuffelgras, Blue Buffalo Grass

    Cenchrus ciliaris is a tufted, shrubby perennial grass with bright green to blue-green leaves that are up to a metre long. The grass culms are jointed, and roots often arise at these joints or nodes. The flower spikes are bristly and cat-tail like, carried on stalks just above the leaves. Tiny...
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  • Chloris gayana

    Chloris gayana

    Rhodes Grass, Rhodesgras

    Chloris gayana is a hardy, evergreen very leafy tufted perennial grass. It has finger-like (digitate) flowering heads from November to May. When it is in seed it will be regularly visited by seed eating birds. It is very attractive when you see a stand of these grasses waving in the breeze, addin...
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  • Eragrostis capensis

    Eragrostis capensis

    Hartjiesgras, Small Heart Seed Grass, Umbhimbane

    Eragrostis capensis is a very hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, densely-tufted, small perennial grass. The blue-green, slender leaves have purple bases. The flower spikes are held erect with plump, golden, heart-shaped spikelets from September to May. This grass prefers growing in moist are...
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  • Melinis nerviglumis

    Melinis nerviglumis

    Steekblaarblinkgras, Bristle Leaved Red Top

    Melinis nerviglumis is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, dense, tufted, perennial grass with beautiful grey leaves. The gorgeous plumes of shiny fluffy pink to red seeds appear all year round and attract small seed eating birds. It makes an attractive addition to a grassland garden planted in sun or se...
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  • Melinis repens

    Melinis repens

    Natalse Rooipluim, Natal Redtop

    Melinis repens is a hardy, tufted, weakly perennial grass with greyish green leaves. It has beautiful plumes of hairy, pink flowers that become pale, almost white as they mature. Flowers and seeds from September to June. This is the grass you see along the roads shining in the sun. It generally ...
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  • Pogonarthria squarrosa

    Pogonarthria squarrosa

    Herringbone Grass, Sekelgras

    Pogonarthria squarrosa is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, tufted perennial grass. The short brown racemes of flowers curve upwards, making a herringbone pattern, thus the common name. The flowers are borne from November to May and attract small seed eating birds. Plant in groups to get the full effe...
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  • Setaria megaphylla

    Setaria megaphylla

    Broad Leaved Bristle Grass

    Setaria megaphylla is a hardy, evergreen, shade- and moisture-loving grass that has beautiful, broad, bright-green, ribbed leaves. Long spikes of brown seeds follow the dainty flowers that are borne from September to June. Attracts myriads of seed-eating birds to the garden. It is the host plan...
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  • Themeda triandra

    Themeda triandra


    Themeda triandra is a very hardy, evergreen, tall, tufted grass with foliage in many shades of green that turn reddish when older. The pendulous, purple-red flower spikes are most attractive from September to June. The seeds that follow are also a beautiful feature of this grass. In nature, the pr...
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