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Introduced from South Africa to the U.S. in 1927 for erosion control, this attractive grass has naturalized across most of the southern states. It adapts well to soils with low fertility, and has been used to cover steep mining slopes. Popular for ornamental use due to its soft, weeping foliage and showy flower spikes, it is often planted in drifts along roadways. The foliage grows in a tidy mound to about 2 feet tall. The foliage is soft and weeping, providing a windswept look similar to that of Mexican Feather Grass. In the summer tall, open panicles of light brown-purple flowers arch over the foliage. For those preferring to use a native grass, consider Muhlenbergia emersleyi (Bull Grass) for a similar feel.