Hyparrhenia tamba

Hyparrhenia tamba

Common Names

Blue Thatching Grass (english)
Bloutamboekiegras (afrikaans)
uqunga (zulu)


Genus Hyparrhenia
Species tamba
SA Plant Number
Basionym Hyparrhenia tamba


Hyparrhenia tamba is a very hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, impressive, tall grass with blue, almost turquoise, leaves and thick stems.

They also display beautiful colours of yellow and red as they mature, when planted in full sun. The tangled flower- and seed-heads also have a turquoise hue and are borne from January to June.

Plant in containers, or as a backdrop to a grassland garden. It is beautiful planted in pots as a screen on balcony gardens or in small gardens. It is also useful as a soil stabilizer, especially in damp areas.

Plant in sun or light semi-shade areas. This grass should be cut back every two or three years and raked to remove the thatch.

Size: 2 to 2.5m



  • Soil stabiliser
  • Screening plant in pots for balconies and roof gardens
  • ornamental grass
  • Provides colour and textural variation in the garden


Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State


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