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...
 

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...
 

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...