Upright, open- branched, shrubby perennial <1.5m tall. Rosette form in first year. Large, hollow leaves stalked, triangular, <40cm long, green sparsely haired on topside, white & densely haired underneath. Hairy stems. Pink, egg-shaped, thistle-like flowerhead (Jan-Apr) surrounded by hooks.
Forest margins, scrub, creek beds, pasture, gardens, roadsides waste areas. Prefers wet areas, tolerates shade.
Seeds hook onto clothes, wool & fur.
Burs damage wool & injure skin, mouth or eyes.
Follow up regularly. Maintain good pasture cover to prevent re-establishment.
1. Grub out individual plants removing taproot.
2. Spray at rosette stage (100ml glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L).
3. Mowing before flowering will reduce spread of burs.
4. Spray before flowers & burs formed (100ml glyphosate+20ml penetrant/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.