Sharp Rush

Also known as:
Spiny Rush
Europe, Africa, America, Macronesia

General description

Erect perennial rush <1m high; forms stout, dense, prickly clump. Leaves & stems sharply pointed. Many large brown flowers on each stem. Long-tailed seeds in dark brown capsules.

Coastal flats of mud or sand.

Seeds spread by water. Spreads locally from rhizomes.

Displaces native rushes & sedges. Recreational quality of habitat greatly reduced.

Site management

Thick rhizomes & roots make physical control difficult. Herbicide treatments best after heavy rain has washed salt from plant.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out all roots & rhizomes.
2. Weed wipe spring-summer (300ml glyphosate+2ml penetrant/1L).
3. Knapsack spray spring-summer (100ml
glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L).

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

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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