Trailing, perennial, evergreen herb <30cm tall. Alternate ovate leaves, reddish midrib with fine coloured hairs, giving a distinctive red ‘V’ pattern. Pink flowers (Oct-Mar) are ball-like & numerous. Named for swellings on joints of stems.
Roadsides, dry banks & slopes, open areas. Prefers full sun.
Spreads locally from trailing stems that root easily. Garden dumping.
Forms a dense carpet replacing most native vegetation.
Treat new infestations promptly & control small patches before they spread. Very difficult to control once established. Discourage use in gardens. Follow up for 2 years to control any new growth.
1.Hand pull, grub or use weed eater, removing all stem & root fragments.
2.Spray (5g metsulfuron/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.