Rhodes grass is a vigorous, perennial grass, originating in South Africa, with a strong root system that gives it good drought tolerance. It spreads quickly, forming good ground cover,
and grows to 1.5 m. It grows under a wide range of conditions. It is useful in the cut-and-carry system and for open grazing and is popular for hay making. Common varieties are Giant, Boma (in photo), Mbarara and Masaba Rhodes.
- Does well in low rainfall areas (<900 mm) and is drought tolerant
- Withstands heavy grazing\
- Its very palatable
- Its good for hay making
- Can be hard to establish because seed germination is poor
- Can be overgrazed because of its high palatability