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A stunning grass, about 60 cm (2 ft.) tall, distributed from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, although it has been naturalized elsewhere. It grows in a variety of habitats, from coastal areas to grasslands. It forms upright stems, narrow, flat leaves and attractive purplish pink, feathery flower spikes. A wonderful plant for tropical and warm temperate climates. In favorable climates, Melinis repens can have invasive potential and its cultivation should be carefully supervised.