The Botanical Society of South Africa Kwa Zulu-Natal Coastal Branch
Grasses and grass-like plants
Many gardeners don’t use grasses (other than lawn grass) very much. But grasses are important for holding the soil in place and as larval host plants for many butterflies. They add peaceful, natural forms to a planting and are particularly beautiful in and next to water. Experiment with grasses if you want your garden to mimic nature.
1m, sun, perennial clumping grass with decorative fluffy white inflorescence
Ornamental thick-tufted grass, 1m, honey-coloured flowers; thrives in poor soils
Cape Fen Grass
Spreading grass-like plant 25cm, from the Eastern Cape, for sunny damp areas