Ehrharta calycina

Perennial veldt grass

Family: Poaceae

Origin: South Africa

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Not a legally declared pest

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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.

Impact on environment

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.

Close up of perennial veldt grass seeds by the roadside.
A tussock-forming grass that can grow up to 75cm tall. Perennial veldt grass is not declared a pest plant but has the potential in invade pasture grasses.
Photo credit: Jackie Miles and Max Campbell
Perennial veldt grass growing in a bush.
Seeds are dispersed by wind or being caught of animal pelts. Perennial veldt grass can be transported between farms when transporting hay.
Photo credit: Jackie Miles and Max Campbell