General description

Erect evergreen perennial shrub < 2 m tall. Stems are covered in dense red/purple hairs. Leaves are large, hairy and ovate. Flowers are pink/purple and are borne in terminal corymbs November – January. Seeds are small and bear pappus.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell bartlettina within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant bartlettina within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any bartlettina 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.

Shady and damp sites, disturbed and regenerating forest, gullies, drains, ditches, riparian areas, forest margins, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by wind, possibly water and animals. Vegetative spread from stem layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumped garden waste and movement of contaminated soil.

Forms dense stands, potentially excluding native plants.

Site Management

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 is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with double strength glyphosate gel
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 250ml glyphosate green per 1 L of water

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

Similar species

blue spur flower
Plectranthus ecklonii, P. grandis

Both Plectranthus species lack red veins on leaves. Plectranthus flowers have erect spikes and a blue coloured.

velvet groundsel
Roldana petasitis

Velvet groundsel has alternate leaves and their margins have coarser teeth. It has yellow daisy like flowers.

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RPMP status

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