German Ivy

Also known as:
Senecio Mikanioides
South Africa

General description

Perennial climber. Thin ivy-like leaves on smooth stems with small ear-like projections at base of the leaf stalks. Clusters of yellow daisy-like flowers (May-Oct) without ray florets (petal like flowers). Small, dry hard windborne one-seeded fruit.

Disturbed sites, forest margins, particularly in coastal areas.

Seeds wind dispersed.

Forms dense infestations that can smother host species.

Site management

Easiest controlled at flowering, when highly visible before seed produced.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull or dig out scattered plants & seedlings.
2. Cut & paint stems (1g metsulfuron/1L or 100ml glyphosate/1L).
3. Cut stems below waist height, spray below this point (100ml glyphosate+20ml penetrant/10L or 2g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Cape ivy
Senecio angulatus

Cape ivy has thicker leaves, ray florets, and a poor climbing ability. It lacks ear like projections at the base of the leaf stalks.

English ivy
Hedera helix ssp. helix

English ivy is more variable in its leaf form and colour. The stems have aerial rootlets are woody and much longer than German ivy.

madeira vine
Anredera cordifolia

Madiera vine's leaves are less toothed. It has aerial tubers and small cream flowers on spikes.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
German ivy - Main species image