Perennial Veldt Grass

South Africa

General description

Perennial tussock-forming grass < 75 cm tall. Leaves are soft, green/reddish-purple and < 20 cm long. Flowers are borne in inflorescences that turn purplish with age.

What you need to know

Although perennial veldt grass is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Coastal areas, dunes, scrub, grassland, riparian margins, wetlands, disturbed sites, pastures, plantations, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by wind and attachment to animal coats. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated machinery and vehicles.

Forms dense stands, outcompeting native plants and altering habitat structure. Increases fire risk.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant
For infestations amongst desirable broadleaf species foliar spray with 60ml haloxyfop-P-methyl per 10L of water

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

pyp grass
Ehrharta villosa

Pyp grass is much taller and is rhizomatous rather than tufted.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Perennial veldt grass - Main species image