Mott grass is a perennial bunch grass that grows to an uncut vegetative height of just over 1.66m. It does not spread or colonise new areas, but individual bunches produce numerous tillers and increase in diameter at the base to 0.6 m or more.
The leaf canopy from a single bunch may occupy a diameter of 1m to 1.3m. Since the grass is heterozygous and does not breed true from seed, it must be propagated vegetatively to obtain true to type population, using stem cuttings or root stocks.
It is best adapted to moderately well drained soils. Cold tolerance is comparable to that observed for Merkeron, one of the most cold tolerant elephant grass cultivars. In a field of one acre a fresh matter yield of 192 tonnes per year can be produced with improved agronomic practices.
Mott grass is also important because of its availability during feed shortage period (May and June). Its fodder can also be converted into good quality silage. Being considerably palatable, succulent and one of the m