Source: Magness et al. 1971 This is a vigorous perennial bunchgrass, introduced from Tanganyika, Africa, in 1927. It has proved well adapted in the Southern States, particulariy the Southern Plains. Seed stalks are numerous and slender, reaching to 5 feet under the best conditions. Basal leaves are numerous, slender, 10 to 20 inches long, palatable while succulent, but of low palatability when ripe. Plants are semihardy, enduring temperatures to about -10°F. They are readily established by seeding and make a quick ground cover.