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.
To help protect our environment:
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.
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.