African Lovegrass

Common name

African Lovegrass

Scientific Name

Eragrostis curvula


African Lovegrass is a prennial that forms dense monocultures, creating large fuel loads and a fire hazard.

Impact on Bushland

Is widespread and especially common on the Swan Coastal Plain on sandy and disturbed soils north and south of Perth. After fire often only the top is killed and it rapidly resprouts. Spray regrowth when 5-10cm high.


Variety of soils and disturbed sites.

Priority for removal

High: major threat to the conservation values of Banksia woodlands

Management (hand)

Cut out small plants or small infestations

Management (herbicide)

Spray with 1-2% glyphosate when plants are green and actively growing. Following fire spray regrowth when 5-10 cm high. Always requires follow-up treatment.

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