Pest plants – fountain grass and gazania

Published on 03 May 2021

pest plants

Tea Tree Gully Council has issued a reminder to residents to remove the following declared pest plants from their gardens if possible: Fountain grass (Cenchrus setaceus) and gazanias (Gazania spp.). 

Council workers continue to remove these plants from public areas across our region, including verges and roundabouts. Non-invasive species are being planted in their place once infestations are eradicated.

If you find these plants on your property, try to remove them as soon as possible. The safest way to dispose of them is to put them in your green organic waste bin. 

For help in dealing with these pest plants see the fact sheets below. 

Fountain grass - This is a tufted perennial which grows up to 1.5 m high with pink/purple seed heads. It has commonly been planted as an ornamental grass. Fountain grass is invasive to native vegetation and high seed production makes it difficult to control. Fountain grass fact sheet

Gazania - This is a perennial herb from South Africa with an average height of 30 cm. It has been planted as a popular groundcover in our area. Flowers are brightly coloured and typically have yellow or orange petals. Gazania is invasive and rapidly out competes native plants. Seeds spread for up to 1 km. Gazania fact sheet

For further information, call us on 8397 7444.

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