Long-style feather grass (Pennisetum villosum)



Long-style feather grass (also known as feathertop grass and white foxtail grass) is a densely tufted rhizomatous perennial grass growing to 90 centimetres high. It is distinguished by dense, cylindrical seed heads up to 12 centimetres long and 2 centimetres wide, surrounded at their bases with light green or white bristles up to 7 centimetres long.

It has been frequently cultivated as an ornamental grass in Australia, and is often a weed of footpaths and vacant land.  It is unpalatable to stock and able to increase in infested pastures.

Long-style feather grass is native to northern Africa and Arabia.

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Herbicide options

Users of agricultural or veterinary chemical products must always read the label and any permit, before using the product, and strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. Users are not absolved from compliance with the directions on the label or the conditions of the permit by reason of any statement made or not made in this information. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website www.apvma.gov.au

See Using herbicides for more information.

PERMIT 9792 Expires 30/11/2020
Flupropanate 745 g/L (Tussock®)
Rate: 300 mL per 100 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application
Withholding period: Don't graze cows or goats that are being milked on treated areas. Blanket sprayed pastures - grazing or cutting for stock feed - 120 days. Spot sprayed areas - grazing or cutting for stock feed - 14 days. Don't graze stock on treated areas for 14 days prior to slaughter.
Herbicide group: J, Inhibitors of fat synthesis (Not ACCase inhibitors)
Resistance risk: Moderate

PERMIT 9792 Expires 30/11/2020
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Roundup®)
Rate: 335ml in 100 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application. Apply when plant is actively growing.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate

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Legal requirements

Long-style feather grass (Pennisetum villosum) is not declared in NSW under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

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Reviewed 2015