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Potato Vine

Also known as:
Jasmine Nightshade
South America

General description

Perennial evergreen woody vine. Stems are < 15 m long. Leaves are ovate to lanceolate, < 50 x 25 mm, often lobed and alternate. Flowers are white, star-shaped and borne in branched terminal inflorescences. Fruits are round, shiny, dark blue-black berries.

What you need to know

Although potato vine 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.

Forest, forest margins, gardens.

Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Can form dense infestations, 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
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of seedlings with glyphosate gel
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green 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

Jasminum polyanthum

Opposite palmately compound leaves, 5-7 leaflets. Darker glossy foliage.

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RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Potato vine - Main species image