Grasses Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Annual grass to 0.8 m high with short, flat, softly hairy leaves to 15 cm long by up to 1.2 cm wide. Seed head is dense, ovoid, silkywhite, 2-5 cm long resembling a furry tuft. Flowers September to December, with the seed heads persisting for several months. Common in disturbed sandy areas especially near the coast.
Threat / Problem
• Self-sows freely, and invades disturbed coastal sandy areas.
• Reproduces from seed only. Spread mainly by wind.
• Manually remove
GROW ME INSTEAD
Erect smooth leaved annual tussock grass to 0.5 m high, with spreading seven-branched seedheads up to 20 cm long. Flowers opportunistically in response to rain, producing small black seeds with short bristles. Common along roadsides and open areas. It is a coloniser of open areas, relying on spring and summer rainfall. Interesting “windmill” flower head.
OR GROW ME
Coast Sword Sedge
Dense sedge with rigid stems, over 1 m high, 0.8-2 cm broad, with sharp edges. Leaves are similar but flatter, with sharp pointed tips. Produces brown spiky flowers 4-15 cm long on long central stalks. Grows in the foredunes and sandy coastal areas.
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