Kikuyu grass is a stoloniferous (above ground) and rhizomatous (below ground) perennial summer pasture. It can be used as a permanent pasture. Surplus production can be ensiled. Kikuyu grass is also a popular turf species.
Even though Kikuyu is a tropical/subtropical grass that produces well in summer months, it is classified with the temperate species like Tall Fescue, Cocksfoot and the Ryegrasses as an intensive, high-input pasture.
Where to use Kikuyu grass
For lavish production, rainfall varying from 700 to 3000 mm is required. Under most South African conditions, it is cultivated under irrigation.