Devil's Fig

Also known as:
Turkey Berry
North and South America

General description

Multi-branching, perennial shrub < 4 m tall. Stems are densely hairy, grey, and bear scattered prickles. Leaves are simple, < 10 x 15 cm and lobed, with grey/green tops and white/yellow/green undersides. Flowers are star-shaped, white with yellow stamens, and arranged in branched clusters. Fruit is round, yellow/green, and contains flattened white/pale brown seeds.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell devil’s fig within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant devil’s fig within the Auckland region.
Auckland Council will control devil's fig at all sites where it is known to occur.

If you see devil’s fig anywhere in the Auckland region, please report it to Auckland Council at

Disturbed areas, roadsides, wasteland, scrubland, plantations, pasture.

Seed dispersed by birds. Human-mediated dispersal through movement of contaminated soil and equipment.

Can create impassable thickets. Provides habitat and food resources for introduced mammals. Suppresses forage in pasture.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

woolly nightshade
Solanum mauritianum

Woolly nightshade has entire leaves and violet flowers.

angel's trumpet
Brugmansia candida

Angels trumpet has entire leaves and has giant hanging white (occ mauve, red, orange) flowers, with a sweet scent.

white-edged nightshade
Solanum marginatum

White-edged nightshade has more deeply lobed leaf margins which are also white.

apple of sodom
Solanum linnaeanum

Apple of sodom is a smaller plant. It's leaves are more deeply lobed. It has violet, rather than white flowers.

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RPMP status

Whole region (Eradication)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Devil's fig - Main species image