- easy to establish on heavy black soils
- drought tolerant
- tolerant of temporary waterlogging
- needs resonable fertility.
Purple pigeon grass cv. Inverell is an erect grass, growing to 1.5 m high, and
spreading by short rhizomes.
It is drought tolerant, and suited to summer-rainfall areas receiving 500-800 mm annual
rainfall, growing especially well on cracking clay soils, such as those of the brigalow
region. Its leaf is cut by frost, but the plant persists well.
Purple pigeon combines well with snail or
barrel medics, or with lucerne.
Although well accepted by cattle and capable of putting on good weight
gains, it is less palatable than some other grasses such as green panic
as the leaves have coarse margins.
It has about half as much oxalate as setaria
or buffel grass, but some graziers are
nervous about using it as a sole feed for horses.
Purple pigeon is especially recommended for reliable establishment into the coarse
crumb structure of the black cracking clay soils; it can be planted up to 5 cm deep into
more moist soil, and should preferably be followed by a press wheel.
Purple pigeon is a prolific seeder, making the fairly large seed cheap; it is smooth
and flows well through machinery. Seed from the Central Highlands should be certified free
from parthenium weed.