Erect perennial shrubs < 4 m tall. Stems are hairy and purple, turning smooth and woody with age. Leaves are hairy, oval, < 15 cm long and give off an unpleasant odour when damaged. C. elegans flowers are tubular, magenta/crimson and borne in clusters year-round. C. fasciculatum flowers are tubular, scarlet/purple and borne in clusters in August – March. Fruits are crimson or dark-red berries.
To help protect our environment:
Forest, forest gaps, forest and riparian margins, shrubland, wasteland, urban areas, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by birds, water and soil movement. Vegetative spread from roots and root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and movement of contaminated soil on machinery.
Forms dense stands, displacing native plants and preventing native seedling recruitment. Toxic to livestock.
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.