Perennial Veldt Grass

South Africa

General description

Short-lived, loosely tufted perennial grass <60 cm high. Soft, green leaves <20cm long have hairs on upper surface but no rib; underside is keeled, hairless & slightly glossy. Flowers present for most of the year.

Gardens, coastal cliffs, waste areas.

Seeds spread by wind, water.

Rapid coloniser, out-competes native species, including ground covers.

Site management

Minimise site disturbance, encourage native regeneration. 3-4 year programme can eliminate

Recommended approaches

1.Dig out small infestations.
2.Weed wipe large plants, spring -summer (500ml glyphosate/1L).
3. Spray dense stands, summer (100ml glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L (non-selective) or 60ml haloxyfop/10L (selective)).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

pyp grass
Ehrharta villosa

Pyp grass is much taller and is rhizomatous rather than tufted.

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
perennial veldt grass - Main species image