Mexican Devil

Family:
Asteraceae
Origin:
South America

General description

Herb to sub-shrub. Stems are woody at the base, mostly erect, and can form adventitious roots. Leaves are < 8 x 7 cm and diamond-shaped. Flowers are white, < 7 mm in diameter and borne in dense clusters in August – March. Seeds are black and ripen in late summer – autumn.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2021, you:

  • will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell Mexican devil within the Auckland region.
  • will not be allowed to plant Mexican devil within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • must destroy any Mexican devil on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Open and lightly shaded habitats, wetlands, gumlands, shrublands, forest and riparian margins, coastal forest, estuaries, roadsides, disturbed sites, plantations.

Seeds dispersed by wind and water. Vegetative spread from stem layering.

Competes with and displaces native plants in wetland and riparian habitats. Allelopathic and may alter soil microbial activity. Poisonous and potentially fatal to horses.

Site Management

Easiest to control at onset of flowering from August to January. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

Basic Growsafe certified
Foliar spray with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

mistflower
Ageratina riparia

Mistflower has narrower leaves with sharp teeth, & smaller flowerheads.

RPMP status


Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Mexican devil - Main species image