Cape Honeysuckle

South Africa

General description

Vigorous, rambling, semi-woody, evergreen perennial shrub <1.5m tall. Commonly used as hedge plant. Small green leaves comprised of <9 opposite, serrated, round, pointed leaflets. Distinctive bright orange-scarlet tube-like flowers (Apr-Aug).

Hedges, exposed coastal conditions, open or shaded conditions. Prefers frost free, full sun areas. Tolerates salt air & drought.

Layers itself vigorously away from original site. Discarded cuttings may root.

Vigorous dense growth smothers or replaces native vegetation.

Site management

Avoid use as ornamental or keep strictly confined by trimming.

Recommended approaches

1. Cut back & grub out roots.
2. Cut & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/1L).
3. 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.

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Cape honeysuckle - Main species image