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