River grass prefers a wet spot and usually grows in sandy soils. Spreads by means of creeping rhizomes.
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.
Microchloa caffra is a very dainty grass that will work well as a border or to create a lawn-like effect. The inflorescence is a curly spike with all the spikelets on one side. The curly leaves make it very attractive.
A hardy, densely tufted, perennial grass with slender leaves. The flower spikes are erect with very large golden, heart-shaped spikelets.
Haplocloa falx is a fairly small grass and is a tufted perennial. The inflorescence is a one-sided grey spike that typically curls back when ripe.
The mauve plumes of this tufted grass are very conspicuous in summer.
Sporobolus pectinatus is a tufted grass that is normally found in open grassland on shallow soil. It is particularly abundant on dolomitic soils.
Eragrostis chloromelas is a tufted, medium-sized grass that is common in open grassland. It will be a good addition to a Highveld garden since it does not become too big. The birds love the seed.
Imperata cylindrica spreads very quickly in damp soil and is a good soil stabiliser. It is not recommended for garden use unless it can be contained.
Themeda triandra is a beautiful, tufted grass with foliage in many shades of green that turn reddish when older. The purple-red flowers are most attractive from September to June. Plant in sun or semi-shade.