Kikuyu / Cenchrus Clandestinus
The kikuyu grass, Cenchrus clandestinus, is native to the highland regions of East Africa. It is an aggressive plant that grows really fast and has many common names like kikuyu grass or Pennisetum clandestinum.
The plant is categorized as a noxious weed in some areas but it’s also used in gardens because it’s inexpensive and drought tolerant.
Kikuyu grass is a warm-season turfgrass that is well-adapted to the hot, humid climates of the southeastern United States. It has a deep, vigorous root system that helps it withstand drought and heat stress. Kikuyu grass is also highly resistant to most pests and diseases, and it recovers quickly from damage.
Kikuyu grass grows best in sandy soils with a pH between 6 and 7.5. It tolerates light shade but does not tolerate very heavy shade.
Kikuyu grass spreads by underground rhizomes, so it should not be planted too close to other plants or trees. It can be mowed at a height of 2 to 3 inches.