Swamp Foxtail

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Pennisetum alopecuroides


This is a clump forming perennial grass which grows to one metre tall and 60 centimetres wide. Leaves are mid to dark green and are rough textured.

Flowers are feathery, yellowy-green to purple. Flower heads grow to 14 centimetres long. It flowers in summer and autumn.

Habitat it grows in moist areas and along watercourses.

Weed characteristics it grows very vigorously. It can generate fuel loads, creating destructive wildfires and displaces desirable native and pasture grasses.

Dispersal is known to strongly self-seed.

Declaration Details

This species is not a declared weed under Queensland legislation although its control is recommended.

How to act

This plant can be controlled by spot spraying with an appropriate herbicide. Painting the leaf blades with a wiper covered in chemical-soaked wick or carpet may be used to control early growth. For scattered plants or isolated infestations hand chip, bag and removal of stool from paddock and burn.

Refer to Weed Control Methods.


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