Melinis nerviglumis is a hardy, tufted, perennial grass with grey leaves. The beautiful plumes of shiny fluffy pink to red seeds attract small seed eating birds. Planted en masse, with the sun shining on the fluffy spikes, make a wonderful sight.
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.
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.
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.
Monocymbium ceresiiforme is a beautifully tufted grass that does well in in a variety of habitats. In nature, it is quite often found near wetlands, but does equally well in drier spots. The leaf colour makes this specie very attractive.
Panicum maximum is a hardy, clump-forming, robust, perennial grass. It bears delicate flowering stems with tiny creamy-coloured seeds that the seed eating birds love. It can be planted in the shade.
Panicum natalense is a relatively small grass and that makes it the ideal choice for a grassland garden; the blue-green leaves makes it very attractive. The flowering season is also quite long.
The short brown racemes of flowers curve upwards making a herringbone pattern thus the common name.
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.
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.