Scientific name: Cenchrus ciliaris Common names: Blue buffalo grass, Buffelgrass, Foxtail buffalo grass, Bloubuffelsgras Varieties: Molopo and Gayanda Seeding rate: 1.2 – 2 g/m² (12 – 20 kg/ha) Growth cycle: Perennial Growth season: Warm season Blue buffalo grass is a leafy perennial tufted grass of medium height with a shrub-like appearance. It is extremely hardy and the most used forage grass in dry regions. Blue buffalo grass is used for direct grazing and it makes excellent quality hay when well fertilised and cut during the right stage. It can also be used for foggage during the dry season, although mature plants become hard and less acceptable to grazers. The most used cultivars in our region include ‘Molopo and ‘Gayanda’. ‘Molopo’ is a robust cultivar with blue-green leaves and with a high biomass production, but with reduced acceptability, particularly during the mature and dormant stages. ‘Gayanda’ is smaller with bright green leaves and considered to be more palatable.