Fingerhutia africana

Fingerhutia africana

Common Names

Thimble Grass (english)
Vingerhoedgras (afrikaans)


Genus Fingerhutia
Species africana
SA Plant Number
Basionym Fingerhutia africana


Fingerhutia africana is a hardy, delicate-looking tufted grass with quite sparse thin leaves. The flowering stems are held well above the tuft and carry attractive, dense heads of cream-coloured seeds from September to May.

It is pretty planted in amongst flowering plants to add texture and movement or as an element of a grassland garden. The seeds heads also look pretty in a vase. A useful grass for stabilising soil in eroded areas.

Plant in well-drained or gravelly soil. As with all grasses, to keep it healthy, it should be cut back once a year and raked to remove the thatch.

Size: Flowering stem up to 90cm




Stabilises soil in disturbed areas. Good addition to a flowering meadow. Adds movement and texture to the garden, 


Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northwest Province, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape

Natural Habitat:

Grassland and dry, open Woodland


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