Herbaceous, hairy shrub < 1.6 m tall. Leaves are dark green, hairy and heart-shaped. Flowers are small, yellow with a purple/brown centre and borne in December – January. Fruit is a small, round, yellow berry enclosed in a papery husk.
Although Cape gooseberry 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.
Forests, forest and riparian margins, disturbed habitats, plantations, gardens.
Seeds dispersed by animals. Human-mediated dispersal through deliberate plantings.
May dominate natural habitats, but no notable impact so far in New Zealand.
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.