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Port St John Creeper

Also known as:
Pink Trumpet Vine
South Africa

General description

Perennial, rambling, hairless, evergreen, woody vine without tendrils. Leaves are glossy, deep green, serrated and compound, with 7-9 pointed leaflets. Flowers are pink with darker pink veins, trumpet-shaped and borne in terminal clusters in December – March. Seed capsules are long, narrow, flattened and contain brown seeds in a papery wing.

What you need to know

Although Port St Johns creeper 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.

Riparian margins, gardens, urban areas.

Sets seed. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Forms dense thickets, smothering other vegetation.

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: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts (except vines if left to die in trees)

Disposal options: Compost in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
For small infestations:
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
For small infestations:
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water
Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 0.5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
For medium to large infestations:
Cut vines at waist height and 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.

Similar species

wongawonga vine
Pandorea pandorana

Wongawonga vine has creamier bell shaped flowers. It lacks serrated leaf margins.

Jasminum polyanthum

Jasmine lacks serrated leaf margins. It has smaller white scented flowers.

Search tags

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Port St John creeper - Main species image