The short brown racemes of flowers curve upwards making a herringbone pattern thus the common name.
When the inflorescences are open, it almost give a “misty”, pink appearance.
Schizachyrium sanguineum is a hardy, robust, tufted perennial grass. The attractive feature of this grass is the beautiful red colour the whole plant turns into in autumn.
Miscanthus junceus grows on river banks and vleis, often standing in the water. It is ideally suited to stabilising river banks and probably plays a role in water purification.
Eragrostis racemosa is a hardy, small and densely tufted perennial grass that occupies a very useful groundcover role in Highveld landscapes as it seldom flowers above 30cm.
Melinis repens is a hardy, perennial grass with beautiful plumes of pink and white fluffy seeds. This is the grass you see along the roads shining in the sun. The seeds attract seed eating birds. Plant in sun or semi-shade.
A tufted perennial grass with a bristly false spike, straw- or purple-coloured
Setaria incrassata, or vlei bristle grass, is normally found where it is moist such as marshes and riverbanks. It does well in a clayey soil. The flowering season is very long. It is a great favourite of birds.
The whole plant is usually tinged with the reddish-brown colour that characterises the racemes.
A hardy, densely tufted, perennial grass with slender leaves. The beautiful, shiny seed heads make this an attractive garden plant.