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Article: Parramatta Grass

Parramatta Grass
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Parramatta Grass

Common Name

Paramatta Grass, Rattail grass, Rats tail grass

Scientific Name

Sporobolus africanus





Seasons of Growth

Spring - Autumn

Key Distinguishing Feature

Seed heads appear on tall stems with a thick coating of tiny black seeds on the upper third of the stem, generally emerging throughout the year though predominantly in the summer months.

An upright and tufted long-lived grass with wiry flowering stems usually growing 15-50 cm tall. Its long and narrow leaf blades (6-40cm long and 1-4mm wide) may be flat or somewhat rolled.

Its seed-heads are also very thin and elongated in appearance (6-35cm long and 4-7mm wide) they have many short branches (10-20mm long) that are held closely to the main stem. Each of these branches bears numerous small flower spikelets (2-2.8mm long).

Key Products for Control:

Please contact the LawnPride Support Team to discuss available options.

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For 6-months weed germination prevention, we recommend Pre-Emergent Herbicides, such as; Spartan, Barricade, or Onset.

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