Fast growing, woody, deciduous, perennial shrub <3m tall. Lance-shaped, pointed leaves green, hairless on upper surface, whitish & hairy underneath. Scented mauve-purple flowers (Dec-Feb) forming dense panicles <30cm long. Seeds in dry capsules.
Hedgerows, roadsides, forests, riverbanks, plantations, waste places. Prefers well drained soil, cooler conditions, shade tolerant. Tolerates a wide range of conditions.
Seeds spread by wind, water or on machinery.
Quickly forms dense growth, crowds out other plants.
Difficult to prevent reinvasion. Follow up necessary 6-monthly. Maintain rolling front.
1. Pull or dig out small plants.
2. Weed wipe Feb - Apr (300ml glyphosate /1L).
3. Spray Feb - Apr (100ml glyphosate/10L or 5g
metsulfuron/10L or 60ml Tordon BK/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.