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. A very adaptable grass that indicates sweet veld. As with most grasses they should be cut back once a year.
The plant size is very variable, ranging from 20 - 80 cm.
Themeda triandra is an indicator of the veld being in good condition. It is also known to be resistant to fire, the resistance increasing when burnt regularly, but only if rested after fire and if overgrazing does not occur. The long awns of the spikelet twirl when wet, and drive the seed into the ground.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.