Eragrostis curvula

African lovegrass

Other common names:

Boer love grass, Weeping grass.

 

Description:

  • Perennial weed
  • Clump forming perennial grass. Its stems can grow 30 to 120 cm tall, or the weed can grow under mown conditions
  • Extensive fibrous root system prevents other plants establishing – 1 metre spread
  • Leaves long narrow and tapering, concentrated at base of plant
  • Stiff stems
  • Rapid early growth chokes out other plants
  • Flowers year round producing 300-1000 seeds per head. Seed can remain viable for up to 17 years (NSW WeedWise, 2018)
  • Very drought and heat tolerant
  • Grows in low fertility acid soils
  • Moderate shade tolerance
  • Intolerant of water logging.

 

Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.

 

Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Hygiene, early detection, wick-whiping.
  • Mechanical: Slashing and mowing to reduce weed infestation.

 

References:

NSW WeedWise, (2018). African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), https://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/3#control (accessed 27 Nov 2018).

 

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Control Options

Barricade

 

Barricade