Many-stemmed deciduous or evergreen perennial shrub < 2 m tall. Stems are round, hairless and hollow. Leaves are pointed, heart-shaped and opposite. Flowers are white, funnel-shaped and borne in terminal drooping spikes surrounded by red/purple bracts in December – May. Berries are dark purple/brown and produced in autumn.
To help protect our environment:
Open and disturbed forest, shrubland, riparian areas, gullies, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by water, birds, possibly mammals. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and movement of contaminated soil.
Forms dense stands, excluding native vegetation. Rapidly dominates disturbed forest areas, potentially competing with native colonisers such as tutu.
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.