South Africa

General description

Evergreen perennial climber. Leaves are made up of three roughly triangular/heart-shaped leaflets. Flowers are pea-like, white/pink/red and borne in July – January. Seedpods are sickle-shaped.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell mile-a-minute. As mile-a-minute is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant mile-a-minute 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 mile-a-minute 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.
Auckland Council will manage mile-a-minute at all sites within the Aotea/Great Barrier Island group where it is known to occur.

If you see mile-a-minute anywhere on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, please report it to Auckland Council at

Scrubland, forest and riparian margins, wetlands, coastal areas, roadsides, urban areas.

Seeds dispersed by explosive dehiscence and water. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Smothers trees and destroys forest structure. Nitrogen fixer. May facilitate establishment and growth of exotic plants.

Site Management

Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. 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: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 3g metsulfuron-methyl 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.

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RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Aotea (Progressive Containment)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Mile-a-minute - Main species image