SEMI FROST HARDY
MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS
Setaria megaphylla is a large, shade-loving grass that occurs naturally in the eastern half of Southern Africa. It prefers moist, semi-shade to shade areas but will survive (and often thrive) in sunny areas of the garden. The strap-like leaves can grow up to 100m wide and 800mm long, and depending on conditions the plant can become quite dense, and therefore useful as a low-screening plant, or to cover bare walls in shady gardens. Flowering can occur anytime from September to June, but most often in the autumn months from February to May. The inflorescence is an open or contracted panicle with a loose central axis, and can be up to 600mm long. The grass is palatable and grazers, and even pets (especially dogs), enjoy eating the leaves of younger plants. It is one of the most useful plants to have in a wildlife-friendly garden as it attracts numerous seed-eating birds – often species that are not normally attracted to wild bird seed.
Van Oudtshoorn, Frits., 2018, Guide to Grasses of Southern Africa, Third Revised Edition, Britza Publications, ISBN: 978-1-920217-35-8