Botanical name: Melinis repens Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Saccharum repens, Rhynchelytrum repens, Tricholaena rosea
Natal grass is an annual grass with branching culms that root at the nodes. Plants are able to reach 20-40 inches in height. The leaves are linear and 8-12 inches in length and grow from erect clumps. Flowers are borne in panicles 4-8 inches long, and are purple to pink in color with reddish hairs that turn gray with age. Although natal grass can be perennial, it is primarily propagated by seeds, which are easily spread by wind.
Identification credit: Milind Sardesai
The flower labeled Natal Grass is ...