Pennisetum clandestinum

Scientific name

Pennisetum clandestinum

Common name


Other names (PBR name, trademark, breeder code)

KIK203 (protected by Australian Plant Breeder's Rights); Kenda® (is a registered trade mark of Ozbreed Pty Ltd).


Kenda® kikuyu turf is a male sterile kikuyu variety, meaning it does not produce unsightly seed heads. Kenda has shown to handle wear better than common kikuyu varieties and recovers well from wear given its fast spreading nature and turf density. Kenda kikuyu has a dark green colour which remains dominant during cooler months. Kenda kikuyu spreads by above ground stolons and underground rhizomes which both aid with recovery and provide improved turf density compared to older kikuyu varieties.

Other comments

Kenda® kikuyu has been used within sporting fields, parks, golf courses, race courses, amenity areas and for home lawns.

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Available in Sod/turf
Price range N/A
Use Sports fields and Racetracks and Parks and Residential
Suitable climate classification Subtropical and Tropical and Temperate
Preferred mowing height 30mm - 50mm
Shade tolerance Moderate
Wear tolerance Moderate
Cold tolerance Good
Heat tolerance Good
Salinity tolerance Poor
Water requirement Moderate
Fertiliser requirement Moderate
Mowing frequency Moderate
Thatch production Moderate
Facebook N/A
References Read more  
  • PBR expires expires 22 Dec 2029. Read more at and search 'KIK203’ in the variety field.
  • Kenda is a registered trade mark of Ozbreed Pty Ltd under Class 31 as of 11 Apr 2008 (AUS trade mark no. 1234564).

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