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Digitaria eriantha

Smuts Finger Grass is a summer growing perennial forage crop. Plants can be highly variable with regards to their manner of growth; mostly being tufted, some cultivars have stolons, while others have rhizomes. Stolons and rhizomes enable plants to be highly adaptable while also providing good soil cover for erosion control.


This grass is best adapted to areas where the annual rainfall exceeds 500 mm, but will grow where rainfall is as low as 300 mm per annum.

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

  • Perennial pasture species

  • High quality grass

  • Widely adapted

  • Strong perennial

  • Tolerant to fire

  • Drought tolerant

  • Valuable in erosion control

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