Cape Honeysuckle

South Africa

General description

Rambling perennial shrub < 4 m tall. Leaves are small and pinnate, with < 9 opposite, serrated, rounded leaflets. Flowers are < 5 cm long, orange-red, tubular and borne year-round. Seed capsules are flattened, < 6 x 5 cm and leathery.

What you need to know

Although Cape honeysuckle 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.

Coastal cliffs, scrub, forest margins, gardens, hedgerows.

Seeds are dispersed by wind, but seed set rare in New Zealand. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Can form dense stands and smother native vegetation. May provide habitat refuge for rabbits.

Site Management

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: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray 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

Not a legally declared pest plant
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