Emerald Downs

Indian bluegrass

Scientific name
Bothriochloa pertusa

Common name
Indian bluegrass

Other names (PBR name, trademark, breeder code)



Bothriochloa pertusa and the variety 'Dawnson' is commonly found growing in subtropical and tropical growing conditions that receive annual rainfall 500 mm to approximately 2 metres (Source: Tropical Forages). The turf or grass quality declines on the onset of dry conditions. Bothriochloa pertusa is commonly found on kerb and roadsides particularly in older suburbs. The species is used as a pasture grass on poor quality soils which can grow up to approximately 300 mm when left unchecked (unmown). The fast vertical growth rate along with the seedhead production makes it unfavorable for ornamental use, unless you have poor sandy loam or clay soil quality.

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Bothriochloa pertusa grows in dappled shade, but prefers full sun. The species which is commonly slow to establish by seed, also handles low amounts of foot traffic, but does not compare to a green couch variety.



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Available in Seed
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Use Roadsides and Other
Suitable climate classification Subtropical and Tropical
Preferred mowing height 30mm - 300mm
Shade tolerance Poor
Wear tolerance Poor
Cold tolerance Poor
Heat tolerance Good
Salinity tolerance Poor
Water requirement Moderate
Fertiliser requirement Low
Mowing frequency High
Thatch production Low
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Bothriochloa pertusa