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Whyalla’s prickly weed in bloom now

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Whyalla residents are being reminded to be on the lookout for prickly weeds that have started to appear in local gardens, nature strips and car parks following spring rain.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) is asking people to be pro-active in reporting ‘time bomb’ weed species such as caltrop, innocent weed and khaki weed.

NREP Operations Officer Kate Brocklehurst said the first caltrop plants will soon be popping up and it’s best to get the plants before they seed.

“Due to the number of seeds produced these weeds are very difficult to control, and the pain from the burrs should be enough to make us spring into action,” Ms Brocklehurst said.

“All these problem weeds are declared under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 which means they are illegal to transport or sell – and if you have them on your property you must control or remove them.

“Anyone finding pest species should also let me know, as they are a notifiable species.”

For help identifying or treating pest weeds, contact Kate Brocklehurst on 8640 3481 or email

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