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Kochia (Kochia scoparia ) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

Summer or Mock cypress (K. scoparia subsp. Tricophylla) is exempt from declaration

The weed control class is 1. This means that:

“The plant must be eradicated from the land and the land must be kept free of the plant”.

Description: Height depends on growing conditions and varies from a few centimetres to over 1.8 metres. Stems are smooth and green with many branches. Leaves are simple, alternate and hairy, about 2.5 to 5 cm long, pointed and with no petiole. Flowers are small light green with no petals. Flowers appear in the axils of upper leaves. Has a very strong taproot to 8 metres deep. The plant has been used in America as a hedge, due to its red colour late in Autumn.

Problem: Is potentially a weed pest of crops. It readily establishes in disturbed areas.

Control: Must be reported to the Local Control Authority. Seek their advice.

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