Potato Vine

Also known as:
Jasmine Nightshade
Family:
Solanaceae
Origin:
Brazil

General description

Woody vine. Arching, twining stems <15m long. Medium to purple green leaves (evergreen in mild locations), single or trifoliate, heart-shaped, prominently veined. Leaves alternate on the stem. Starry white flowers with blue & yellow stamens in loose clusters on end of stems, year round. Blue-black berries.

Shrub, forest margins, stream sides. Prefers full or part sun.

Seeds dispersed by birds, however is a shy seeder. Dumped garden material.

Forms dense, very vigorous growth smothering other vegetation.

Site management

Easy to kill. Follow up within 3 months, regrowth is rapid.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull removing all vegetation & roots.
2. Cut, stump paint (100ml Tordon Bk/1L or Vigilant gel or 100ml triclopyr/1L).
3. Cut aerial stems at knee height, leave hanging; knapsack spray plant material below spring-summer (100ml glyphosate + 20ml penetrant/10L or 60ml triclopyr + 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

jasmine
Jasminum polyanthum

Opposite palmately compound leaves, 5-7 leaflets. Darker glossy foliage.

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
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