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Kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a warm season turfgrass species. It is medium to dark green in colour and has a coarse texture. It forms dense, compact tufts and has a creeping growth habit. The leaves are broad and taper to a point, and the grass produces numerous stolons (above-ground runners) and rhizomes (below-ground stems) for spreading.
Kikuyu grass can be a suitable choice for lawns in Perth due to its specific characteristics and adaptability to the local climate. Kikuyu thrives in warm climates and is well-suited to handle the intense summer heat and tolerate periods of drought. It has excellent heat tolerance and can recover quickly from dormancy during the dry season.