African love grass

Eragrostis curvula

African love grass

African love grass

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - MPI
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants

This pest is present in New Zealand.


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African love grass is a vigorous deeprooted clump-forming perennial grass growing 1.5 m tall. It is densely tufted, with narrow leaves that are harsh to the touch, have margins rolled inwards and are usually hairless. It has pyramid-shaped flower heads with small white flowers.


African love grass quickly forms dense strands in open country, displacing other grasses.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

Useful Resources

Page last updated: 22 April 2016