It is easy to confuse this Bristle Leaved Red Top grass or Melinis Nerviglumis with the Natal Red Top if not for one thing: the Natal Red Top grows in disturbed soil (a pioneer), while the Bristle-leaved red top is an indicator of undisturbed veld.
The bristle-leaved red top or Mountain Red Top Grass is a poor to average grazing grass – a consequence of having wiry, rolled leaves. What is loses in grazing value it more than makes up in attractiveness. This showy grass is a lovely species for natural grass gardens.
- Leaves mostly at the base
- Usually in gravely soil
- Flowers fade from deep purple to white
- Can flower throughout the year
- A dense tufted grass