himalayan fairy grassHimalayan fairy grass

Common name:Himalayan fairy grass
Botanical name: Miscanthus nepalensis
Management programme: Advisory

Originates from South Africa. Brought to New Zealand as an ornamental garden plant and naturalised in 1952. Gardeners loved it for its ever-present flowers year round and hardiness. Can spread very easily by its fluffy seeds that are blown by wind.

Why is it a pest?

  • Forms dense infestations, crowds out other plants and prevents native regeneration.
  • Spreads readily from wind-blown seed and fragments of the roots.
  • Develops extensive roots which make it hard to control.

Where is it found?

  • Widely distributed throughout Bay of Plenty.
  • Likes sunny roadsides, wasteland, disturbed areas, forest margins, open cliffs.

What does it look like?

  • Tall tufted perennial grass to 1m high.
  • Stiff leaf blades with rough margins.
  • Golden brown, drooping fan-shaped flower head on a long stem.
  • Similar looking plant to the native Chionchloa species.
  • Flowers summer to autumn.

What are the rules?

Advisory

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control these species if required.

How do you get rid of it?

  • Dig out (all year round) ideally in spring before flowering.
  • Remove all flowers and seed heads safely before controlling and dispose of at a refuse transfer station.
  • Avoid burning as that will increase its growth.
  • Check site regularly for regrowth and seedlings.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.

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