WANGARATTA, Australia — Photos have emerged of a small town in rural Australia buried in a bizarre type of grass.
The so-called “hairy panic” grass has engulfed Wangaratta’s homes, gardens and garages. And as fast as residents get rid of it, it just rolls right back in.
“We have a table and eight chairs,” Pam Twitchett told Seven Network, motioning towards a mountain of dry weed where her yard once was. “And a day bed … and probably a few plants.”
“Hairy panic” grass, also known by its Latin name Panicum effusum, grows quickly and is found in every Australian state.
“The grass is around most years,” a spokeswoman for Rural City of Wangaratta said. “But conditions are ideal for it at present because we had quite a wet January.”
The grass contains a toxin that can be deadly to sheep, and causes a condition called “yellow big head” if its eaten in large quantities. But more than anything, for local residents, it’s just a massive pain.
“It’s physically draining, and mentally more draining,” Twitchett said.
“It is frustrating,” another resident said. “You know you’ve got a couple of hours of work ahead of you.”
A nearby unmaintained paddock is being blamed for the mess.AlertMe