Bartlettina sordida


Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Mexico

A cluster of bartellina flowers.
The purple-red flowers are produced from November to January.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Whole region — Sustained control
  • Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest

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General description

Erect evergreen perennial shrub < 2 m tall. Stems are covered in dense red/purple hairs. Leaves are large, hairy and ovate. Flowers are pink/purple and are borne in terminal corymbs November – January. Seeds are small and bear pappus.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell bartlettina within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant bartlettina within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any bartlettina on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.


Shady and damp sites, disturbed and regenerating forest, gullies, drains, ditches, riparian areas, forest margins, roadsides.


Seeds dispersed by wind, possibly water and animals. Vegetative spread from stem layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumped garden waste and movement of contaminated soil.

Impact on environment

Forms dense stands, potentially excluding native plants.


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.


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with double strength glyphosate gel or cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 250ml glyphosate green per 1 L of water.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

An erect fuzzy stem with large dark green bartellina leaves.
Bartlettina’s have large velvety dark green leaves.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Flowering Bartlettina shrub.
Bartellina flowers grow in clusters of purple-pink.
Broad dark green leaves of the bartellina plant.
Bartellina is distinguished by its large hairy leaves.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Bartlettina with new leaves.
The stems are covered with dense reddish-purple striped hairs.
Bartlettina in full bloom.
The flowers are fragrant.
Bartlettina flowering with big green leaves.
It is an upright evergreen perennial shrub < 2 m tall.