Scientific name: Pennisetum clandestinum
Common names: Kikuyu grass, Kikoejoe
Variety: Whittet (coated)
Seeding rate: 6 – 7 g/m²
Growth cycle: Perennial
Growth season: Warm season
Kikuyu grass is a leafy perennial creeping grass that develops a dense sward through thick rhizomes and stolons. It does not produce an inflorescence and it was long thought that it is incapable of producing seed. It does however produce seed, hidden in the upper leaf sheath, from where the feathery stigma and anthers with long filaments protrude during flowering time. Kikuyu grass is indigenous to high lying regions in tropical east Africa and has been introduced (and naturalised) in many parts of the world. Kikuyu is an excellent turfgrass and is also sometimes used for soil conservation. It is a highly popular forage grass where it is mainly used for direct grazing under intensive and semi-intensive rotational grazing systems.