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.
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.
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.