Perennial grass < 2 m tall. Rhizomes are long and creeping. Stems are jointed, cane-like and erect. Leaves are short, < 13 cm long, blue-green and rolled. Flowers are borne in narrow panicle < 25 cm long in October – January. Seedheads are slender and contain purplish seeds.
To help protect our environment:
Coastal areas, wetlands, sand dunes.
Seeds dispersed by wind. Vegetative spread from rhizomes. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.
Forms dense infestations, outcompeting and displacing native vegetation.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. The Ministry of Primary Industries will carry out the control of this species.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.