1 m to 1.2 m when in flower
white; silver-white; August to June; winter; spring; summer; autumn
sun; damp sun; water; wildlife birds butterfly host
wetland pond; streams; grassland; fynbos
thicket; Highveld; Subtropical East Coast; Bushveld savanna; Karoo; Western Cape
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An attractive, slender and upright grass for the garden that occurs throughout much of South Africa. It is used around the world to help stabilise the soils on steep slopes; in South Africa, it is also a valuable thatching grass. Leaves have a prominent mid-rib, are hard and stiff and taper to a sharp point. Fresh green spring and summer leaves turn red-brown in winter. Plants have a creeping habit and can become invasive in gardens. It is a butterfly host plant.