Phleum pratense L.
Timothy is an important pasture species in many cool-temperate regions in New Zealand, this perennial grass has been used traditionally for mixed pasture in cool moist areas of the southern South Island.
- very palatable and healthy grass for stock
- grows well on heavy, wet, and peaty soils
- shallow root system with small bulb at the base which stores nutrients giving persistence in drought and heat periods
- grows early in spring
- good production in the autumn
- works well in mixes adds palatability, spring growth, animal health and winter-hardiness
- makes good hay
- struggles in the heat and drought over summer
- low uptake of minerals like potassium which can cause problems with animal health
Suggested sow rate: 5-6 kg/ha alone 2-3 kg/ha in mixtures