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