Shivery Grass

Shivery Grass.

Common name

Shivery Grass

Scientific Name

Briza minor 

Type of plant

Grasses (Family Poaceae)

About this weed

Originally from north Africa, temperate western Asia, southeastern and southwestern Europe, Shivery Grass was probably introduced as a seed contaminant in crops and as ornamental plants.


Shivery Grass is a slender, annual, tufted grass growing to 0.5m high with a loose cluster of small shivering, nodding green spikelets that are small and more numerous than B. maxima. The spikelets are produced in spring and the seedbank persists for up to 3 years. Fire promotes germination of soil-stored seed.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Widely distributed in the South-West Province in gardens, wastelands, wetlands and granite rocks. Shivery Grass prefers loam, sand, clay and laterite soils. In southern Western Australia it is a problem in cereal crops.

Priority for removal

Unknown: if established may impact native plant communities.

Management (hand)

Try to prevent seed set by hand pulling in July, August and September.

Management (herbicide)

Spray at 3-5 leaf stage with Fusilade® Forte at 16 ml/10 L or 800 ml/ha (based on 500 L water/ha) + wetting agent or for generic fluazifop-p (212g/L active ingredient) 10ml/10L or 500ml/ha + wetting agent. Optimum months to spray are July to September then repeat treatment for 2 – 3 years.

Flowering month/s

September, October

Flower colour/s


Information source

Additional information

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Shivery Grass images


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