Perennial creeping rhizomatous grass. Stolons are long, occasionally climbing and root frequently. Leaves are soft, yellow-green, drooping, < 40 cm long, hairy and alternate, with a pale green/white hairy sheath. Seeds are borne in minute feathery seedheads.
Although kikuyu is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.
Coastal areas, grassland, disturbed forest, open areas, riparian margins, plantations, crop land, pasture, urban areas, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by wind, water and animals. Vegetative spread from stolons and rhizome fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and movement of contaminated soil, machinery, clothing and equipment.
Forms dense mats, smothering native vegetation and suppressing seedling recruitment. Damages infrastructure and increases fire risk.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.