Biosecurity officers raided Byron Bay florists after Instagram brides were blamed for spreading a highly invasive weed by demanding that the plant be included in wedding decorations
- Pampas grass is illegal in NSW because it is a fire hazard and damages the vegetation
- Many brides demanded that florists sell the forbidden plants for their weddings
- Some florists imported the plant after it went viral on Instagram
Brides demanding the perfect flower pattern have been blamed for spreading a dangerous and illegal weed that threatens native vegetation throughout the country.
Pampasgras has seen many couples along the north coast of New South Wale after being viral on Instagram, but is originally from South America.
Downy white and pink plants are banned in most states and in large parts of NSW after being considered a fire hazard and a threat to other vegetation.
Pampa grass (photo) is illegal in New South Wales, but many brides demanded it be seen at their weddings
The grass contains millions of seeds that can be inflated up to 25 kilometers and outgrow native plants.
Biosecurity officers have resorted to predatory florists in Byron Bay and Tweed to prevent it from spreading after brides began to demand that it be mentioned in their weddings as part of their floral decoration.
Byron Bay wedding planner Che Devlin said the plant became more popular after photos of a wedding on Instagram in 2017 went viral.
& # 39; The hard thing is, many of these florists, if they say no to a bride, that bride goes to the florist who will say yes, so it becomes an economic thing, & Devlin told the florist. ABC.
The plant damages other vegetation and can be a fire hazard
Florists in the vicinity of Byron Bay tried to get the plants legal after frequent requests from future newlyweds.
Some plants went through quarantine processes, killing the seeds, to ensure that it wasn't harmful to the environment, but many flower companies were confused if they were allowed to sell it.
Florists have said that the plant is very messy and can find its way to people's nose and mouth
& # 39; I wish someone could come out and say exactly what the deal is, & # 39; said Florist Jaala Mills.
Selling pampas grass in NSW is illegal under the Biosecurity Act because it is impossible to say from which plants its seeds have been extracted.
Florists have said that the grass is extremely messy, finds its way into people's mouths and noses, and suggests that brides find other plants for their special day.
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