Weed of the Month

We all know looks can be deceiving, and that certainly applies to Fireweed.

The aggressive weed, native to Madagascar and southern Africa, has the ability to severely impact agriculture in the Lockyer Valley if it's not removed from pastures.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jim McDonald said the weed was easily distinguishable.

“Fireweed can be identified by its distinctive 13-petal flower, which can rapidly reproduce, dispersing tiny seeds if sprayed by pesticides.

“Being such a strong agricultural area and given how easily the Fireweed seeds can move with both wind and through grazing cattle, it’s vital we take the lead on this weed.

"While it’s only a small plant, its impact on grazing cattle is enormous, in some cases leading to death.

“If landholders suspect they have Fireweed growing at their property, they are urged to take a sample to Council for inspection,” Cr McDonald said.

For more information on Fireweed, or to find out how to partner with Council to establish a Pest Management Group and continue the fight against pests such as Fireweed, contact Council’s Pest Management Team on 1300 005 872.
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To assist landholders to treat pest weeds, Council has boom and quick spray trailers and ute-mounted spray packs available for use.

From 1 July, 2017, the following weeds are now covered by the herbicide subsidy scheme:

  • Giant rat’s tail grass (GRT)
  • Annual ragweed
  • Parthenium
  • Mother- of- Millions (MOM)
  • Fireweed
  • Groundsel bush
  • African boxthorn
  • Water hyacinth
  • Harrisia cactus

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, contact the pest management unit on 1300 005 872.

Page reviewed: 12 Jul 2017 11:32am