Cape Ivy

Also known as:
Climbing Groundsel
South Africa

General description

Scrambling perennial herb <2m high. Thick, bright green, ivy-shaped leaves, coarsely toothed. Clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers (Mar-Aug), hairy seeds.

Prefers dry, open areas, mostly found near coast: waste areas, scrub, forest margins .

Seeds dispersed by wind.

Forms dense tangled shrubs, smothering existing native vegetation.

Site management

Best control at flowering, when highly visible, before seed is produced.

Recommended approaches

1. Slash small infestations, grub out regrowth.
2. Cut and stump paint (100ml glyphosate/1L or 1g metsulfuron/1L).
3. Cut stems below waist height & spray below this point, spring-summer (100ml glyphosate+20ml penetrant/10L or 2g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L or handgun at 20g metsulfuron+100ml penetrant/100L).

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

Similar species

German ivy
Delairea odorata

German ivy has small ear-like projections at base of the leaf stalks, it has a better climbing ability & thinner leaves.

English ivy
Hedera helix ssp. helix

English ivy has thinner leaves and lacks the yellow daisy like flowers.

velvet groundsel
Roldana petasitis

Velvet groundsel has similar flowers but a very different growth form and leaves.

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
Cape ivy - Main species image