Khus-khus, Khas Khas, Botha Grass, Aga Wangi
Vetiver zizanioides F. Poaceae
A dense, clumping, non-running, perennial grass to 1.5 metres tall, native to Asia; growing from a deep, thick, matting root system that can delve deep into the earth 1-3 metres. Leaves 8mm wide stand stiff and erect. Whorled flower stems, usually taller than the leaves, have fine grass-like flowers with a bronze tinge.
Propagation is by division of roots. These slips, with leaf tops cut off to 15cm and the root base trimmed to 10cm, can be established in pots or planted direct into position, ready to serve its many functions:
1. Erosion control
2. Moisture conservation
3. To build permanent contours
4. Stabilise steep slopes along irrigation channels, creeks and river beds, by creating contour banks
5. Provide windbreaks for young trees
6. Serve as a fire break
7. Even when surrounding plants may have been destroyed by drought, flood, fire or other adversity, vetiver grass has been found to remain to protect the ground from the detrimental effects of heavy rain and erosion. The plant’s crown is below the soil surface, protected against fire and over-grazing.... ... see How can I use HERBS in my daily life? for full text.