Pennisetum clandestinum 'KIK203'
A faster establishing, uniform Kikuyu.
Kenda is a Kikuyu with great drought and wear tolerance. This is because of its deep and strong rhizomes that hold the turf together. As well as being able to handle heavy wear and prolonged drought, Kenda is fast to establish. Although it establishes faster than other Kikuyu types, it doesn’t need more mowing. It grows more horizontally than vertically, meaning it will be at a smaller height than other Kikuyu turf when unmown.
Common Kikuyu seed can blow in the wind and germinate kilometres from its original spot. Kenda is a male sterile turf, producing little or no viable seed heads, making it a safer option.*
There have been no yellow leaves observed on Kenda, while other varieties have had little Kikuyu yellows appearing over summer. During trials, Kenda also appeared to have better winter colour than the common form of Kikuyu.