Scientific name: Digitaria eriantha
Common names: Smuts finger grass, Common finger grass, Smutsvingergras
Seeding rate: 1.2 – 2 g/m² (12 – 20 kg/ha)
Growth cycle: Perennial
Growth season: Warm season
Smuts finger grass, previously classified as Digitaria smutsii, is a highly productive and palatable indigenous tufted grass. It is suited for warm to cooler areas on lightly textured soils. The forage potential of this grass was first recognised by statesman and amateur botanist General Jan Smuts, on who’s farm Doornkloof, near Irene, Pretoria, it occurred. After strong recommendation by him experimentation started outside Pretoria and the first cultivar ‘Irene’ was released during the 1940s. Smuts finger is used for direct grazing and produces excellent hay. It remains palatable during the dry season and serves as a good foggage.