Although pampas grass is beautiful, it is illegal

Although pampas grass is beautiful, it is illegal

Over the past few years, pampas grass has become a very popular event decoration. The delicate columns create a magical environment. But did you know that these plants are not allowed in your garden?

Krugersdorp North resident Stephen Buys spoke to the News and explained that his neighbor has these plants in his garden. Although it is a small, manageable shrub, the damage it causes every summer can be seen.

When these plants bloom, their seeds fly everywhere, Baez explained. They land all over his yard but what's worse is that they stick to all kinds of materials, getting stuck in curtains, laundry hanging outside, carpets and more. Hence getting rid of them is a difficult task.

Pampas seeds stick to everything.

“Tenants had previously complained about this fall and I reported the situation to the person responsible, after which he cut the poles and the problem was solved.”

However, the tenants have left and Baez is using his house for training. He said he couldn't leave the windows open because the seeds would get in. He's lived in this house for 65 years and modified his property to be plant-free because he didn't want to struggle with yard work. But it still has to be cleaned because of the pampas grass.

The News asked Councilman Mark Trump and Stephane du Toit of Green Scorpions to respond to the plant issue as they were informed of this invasive plant.

Trump said these plants are called Cortadelia selloana and according to the Agricultural Conservation and Resources Act (CARA), they are Schedule 1B; Invasive species. This means that the factory is considered environmentally irresponsible and illegal.

Trump explained: “After receiving initial reports from one of the concerned residents, I immediately notified the responsible administration to act.”

Pampas seeds are very dangerous and resemble dust.

He added that the CARA Act must be implemented and that the Integrated Environmental Management (DIEM) Department of Mokale Local Municipality must take action.

Category 1B invasive species are:

• Species that need to be controlled
• Property owners and state agencies must control invasive species on their property
• If an invasive species management program is developed, one must control the invasive species listed after that program
• Authorized officials must be permitted onto the property to monitor, assist in, or enforce the listing of listed species
• Any species listed in Category 2 (where permits apply) that fall outside the scope of containment and control, revert to Category 1B and must be controlled
• Any species listed in Category 3 that are found within a protected or riparian area (wetlands) fall back into Category 1b and must be controlled
• The Minister may require a person to develop a Category 1b monitoring plan for one or more Category 1b species present on the property.

Trump explained that the pampas plant has been classified as a Category 1 weed in South Africa and its sale and spread is prohibited.

“It may not be planted and must be removed. The relevant structures have been informed of the matter. I first informed the inspector on January 30 and escalated via email on May 29. After that DIEM took no action,” Trump concluded.

The problem with these plants is that the flower plumes contain microscopic hooks that can cause blindness if they get into someone's eyes.

No feedback has been received from Du Toit who has been reported about the issue multiple times.

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