Also known as:
Mile A Minute
South Africa

General description

Evergreen climber. Leaves have 3 roughly heart-shaped leaflets. White, pink, lavender & white, or reddish purple pea-like flowers (Jul-Jan), smooth seedpods.

Roadsides, tracksides, open scrubland, forest margins.

Spread by birds using plant as nesting material. Seeds spread via water, soil or roading material.

Smothers ground, covers regenerating canopy species & shrubs.

Site management

Check at least 6-monthly for seedlings. Plant dense shading species immediately where possible.

Recommended approaches

1. Slash plants smothering vegetation, grub out young plants & regrowth.
2. Cut & stump paint (1g metsulfuron/1L or 100ml Tordon BK/1L or 200ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/1L).
3. Vial method for ground infestations. Pull up all stems possible & dispose. Treat remainder by placing vine ends in vials 5-10m apart (1g metsulfuron/20ml). Move vials monthly until plant eradicated.
4. Spray spring - autumn (120ml 2,4-D plus dicamba/10L or 3g 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.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
mile-a-minute - Main species image