Chinese Pennisetum

Also known as:
Fountain Grass

General description

Erect tufted perennial grass <1m high. Forms large tussocks, with long hairless wiry leaves. Attractive purplish flowerheads bristly, cylindrical spikes, like small bottlebrushes.

Invades pastoral land. Prefers wet, warm conditions.

Seeds attach to wool, fur, clothing etc.

Invades pastoral land decreasing pasture productivity, unpalatable.

Site management

Fertilise treated pasture to promote growth.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out small infestations.
2. Weedwipe, spring (500ml glyphosate/1L).
3. Spray before plants set seed (100ml glyphosate/10L).

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

Similar species

African fountain grass
Pennisetum setaceum

African fountain grass has much larger flower heads (10-20 cm) compared with 7.5 cm of Chinese pennisetum

RPMS status

National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Surveillance - Whole Region
Chinese pennisetum - Main species image