Scientific nameAvena sterilis is a stout broad-leaved annual grass resembling cultivated oats in general appearance (Ivens, 1989).
When the plant first emerges after the first few rains do an initial removal of this plant by holding it at the base and removing the root ball, or by inserting a weed tool at the base and popping up the root ball. If you missed any, do a follow up removal if necessary after a few weeks.
Do a second session targeting annual grasses after the last rains in late October or November to ensure no additional grasses that come up go to seed.
This species is a difficult weed in our Fynbos patches. Can you help us remove it? See our activity calendar for upcoming activities, or arrange with us visit our Fynbos patches and do the weeding in your own time.
This species was selected because it is a difficult alien invasive weed in our Fynbos patch(es).