Perennial Ryegrass
Lolium perenne L
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Bandito 2* Temperate Grass, Tetraploid Perennial, short lived, Spring & autumn

Intermediate between perennial and Italian ryegrass species

Leaves shiny with smooth edges, upper surface prominently rigged; lower surface glossy, smooth hairless with a prominent midrib; 4 – 10 mm x 6 – 20 cm

Seeds brown; lanceolate; 2.6 – 7 mm x 0.7 – 1.7 mm; 440 000 – 583 000 seeds/kg

Easy establishment

Improved winter hardiness

Tremendous regrowth, high production potential

Crude protein: 19 – 28 %

Digestibility: 55 – 70 %

Dry matter production: 7 - 18 t/ha/annum Pasture, hay, silage & cover crop

Prefers deep fertile soil; high soil moisture holding capacity

pH of > 5.0

Plant during March – May

Broadcast at 20 – 25 kg/ha dryland and 25 – 30 kg/ha irrigated


Nui Temperate, Grass, Diploid Perennial, Spring, summer & autumn

Densely tufted; prostrate growth habit

Fibrous root system

Medium leaf size and tiller density

Leaves narrow sharply taper-pointed; prominently ridged on upper surface; lower surface smooth, glossy and hairless

Seeds fawn, flat and awnless; 5 – 8 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 583 000 seeds/kg

Easy establishment

Reliable cultivar, steady production

High quality; palatable

Rapid regrowth and persistant

Crude protein: 19 – 28 %

Digestibility: 64 – 70 %

Dry matter production: 7 - 18 t/ha/annum Pasture, hay & silage

Prefers deep fertile soil; high soil moisture holding capacity

pH range of > 5.0

Plant during March – May

Broadcast at 20 – 25 kg/ha dryland and 25 – 30 kg/ha irrigated