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Pennisetum clandestinum

Kikuyu is a stoloniferous (above ground) and rhizomatous (below ground) perennial summer grass. It can be used as a permanent pasture. Surplus production can be ensiled. Kikuyu is also a popular turf species.


Even though Kikuyu is a tropical/subtropical pasture that produces well in summer months, it is classified with the temperate species such as Tall Fescue, Cocksfoot and Ryegrass - as an intensive, high-input pasture. For high production, rainfall varying from 700 to 3000 mm is required. Under most South African conditions, it is cultivated under irrigation.

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  • 10 – 20 t DM/ha/season
    Depending on environmental conditions and management

  • Strong perennial

  • Can tolerate heavy grazing

  • Provides good ground cover

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