Herbaceous perennial shrub < 3 m tall. Stems are often reddish and become slightly woody with age. Leaves are alternate and entire, with pointed tips. Flowers are green turning pink and borne in cylindrical clusters in November – August. Fruits are succulent purple/black berries and contain glossy black seeds.
Although inkweed is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.
Disturbed forest and shrubland, grassland, cliffs, coastal areas, riparian margins, wasteland, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by birds and water.
Can form dense stands in open areas and suppress native seedling recruitment.
Will quickly become succeeded by taller native species so only control in open or sensitive areas. 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.