Long-style feather grass (Pennisetum villosum)

Also known as: feathertop grass, white foxtail grass


How does this weed affect you?

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 30/11/2025
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 30/11/2025
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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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW DPI Biosecurity Helpline on 1800 680 244 or send an email to weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Reviewed 2015