Bottle Brush Grass

Bottle Brush Grass (Antephora pubescens)

  • Widely adapted to soils and climates
  • Tolerates heat
  • Easily established
  • Very palatable to animals
  • Less sensitive to low soil fertility
  • Makes outstanding fodder
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    Requirements and uses

    • Widely adapted to most soils and climates
    • Tolerates heat, flourishes on sandy soils in areas with a rainfall of 350 mm and more
    • Most important advantages – it is relatively easily established, very palatable to animals, less sensitive to low soil fertility
    • Makes outstanding fodder
    • Excellent drought tolerant

     

    Variety
    Wollie: Originates from Swartruggens, North West Province, South Africa. Selected from a commercial seed field of the “common” variety for a more uniform growth habit.

     

    Establishment

    • October – December
    • Desirable to establish as late as March – due to reliable rainfall early Autumn
    • Seeds are woolly – pelletisation needed
    • Broadcast or drilling

     

    Production potential

    • Good utilisation potensial compensates for relative low production potential
    • Its potential – low cost grass for dry areas
    • Achieves economic animal production at a semi extensive level

     

    Utilisation

    • Strict rotational grazing due to high palatability
    • Alternatively – leave it during its growing season for utilisation during winter and early spring
    Specifications
    Sowing rate (uncoated)
    3 - 5 kg/ha
    Sowing rate (coated)
    12 - 20 kg/ha
    Subtropical Grasses

    Subtropical (warm season, C4) perennial grasses are traditionally grown in summer rainfall environments. However, they can be successfully grown in the Mediterranean environments due to a combination of drought tolerance and the mild winter conditions...