Perennial, rambling, hairless, evergreen, woody vine without tendrils. Leaves are glossy, deep green, serrated and compound, with 7-9 pointed leaflets. Flowers are pink with darker pink veins, trumpet-shaped and borne in terminal clusters in December – March. Seed capsules are long, narrow, flattened and contain brown seeds in a papery wing.
Although Port St Johns creeper 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.
Riparian margins, gardens, urban areas.
Sets seed. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.
Forms dense thickets, smothering other vegetation.
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.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.