Heteropogon contortus

Heteropogon contortus

Common Names

Spear Grass, Tanglehead (english)
Assegaaigras (afrikaans)
isitupe (zulu)


Genus Heteropogon
Species contortus
SA Plant Number
Basionym Heteropogon contortus


Heteropogon contortus is a hardy, robust grass with golden brown colours. This gracefully arching grass has flowers and seeds from October to March. In autumn it has beautiful golden and brown colours. This is a palatable grass.

Plant as a backdrop to a grassland garden or mass plant behind a colourful bed for a beautiful effect. Interesting containers can also be planted up with Spear grass.

It is also useful as a soil stabilizer. As with all grasses it should be cut back once a year and raked to remove the thatch.

Size 30 to 90cm



  • Makes an interesting container plant.
  • Can be planted as a soil stabiliser.
  • Plant to give a prairie feel in a large field, or as a striking backdrop to a colourful flower bed.


Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal,  Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape

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