Pandorea pandorana

Wonga wonga vine

Family: Bignoniaceae

Origin: Australia, New Guinea

Close up of Wonga Wonga Vine flowers.
A perennial climbing plant with green glossy leaves and beautiful white flowers. Wonga wonga vines produce large seed capsules that start out green and turn brown when mature.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Not a legally declared pest

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General description

Perennial climbing vine. Stems become woody with age. Leaves are glossy, green, opposite and pinnate, with < 9 pointed oval leaflets.

Flowers are tubular, fragrant, cream/yellow/burgundy with reddish throats and borne in terminal clusters in August – November. Seed capsules are beaked, green turning brown and contain winged seeds.

What you need to know

Although wonga wonga 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.


Disturbed forest, shrubland, coastal cliffs, rocky sites, gardens.


Seeds dispersed by wind. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste, deliberate plantings and movement of contaminated soil.

Impact on environment

Can form dense infestations and prevent native seedling recruitment.


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: 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.

Close up of Wonga Wonga vine leaves
Wonga wonga vines can smother other plants and block them from the light. It can prevent native seeds from germinating and establishing.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Close up of immature and mature Wonga Wonga vine seed pods.
Not a legally declared pest plant in Auckland but has the potential to be weedy. Wonga wonga vine tends to grow fast and cover other plants blocking them from getting to the sun.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Wonga Wonga vine growing along a fence.
A better choice would be to plant a native vine instead of wonga wonga. Seeds are carried on the wind and can be carried to new areas.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow