Climbing Dock

Also known as:
Creeping Dock, Rambling Dock
South Africa

General description

Scrambling perennial herbaceous vine < 4 m long. Tubers are brown, woody and beet-like, bearing long, weak rhizomes. Leaves are < 8 x 6 cm, green and arrow-shaped, with pointed basal lobes facing downwards. Flowers are small, green/pink and formed in clusters at the top of the plant in November – March. Fruit is yellow/pink/red and heart-shaped. Seeds are papery and triple winged.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell climbing dock within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant climbing dock 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 climbing dock 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.

Wasteland, bush and shrubland margins, coast, riparian margins, open areas, disturbed sites, hedgerows.

Sets seed. Vegetative spread from tubers and rhizomes. Seeds and vegetative propagules dispersed by wind, water and soil movement.

Smothers native vegetation and prevents seedling establishment.

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: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Rot tubers, rhizomes, stems and seeds in covered water barrel or remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

Basic Growsafe certified
Foliar spray vines on the ground with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray vines on the ground with 5g 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.

RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Climbing dock - Main species image