Also known as:
Origin: South Africa
Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status
- Whole region — Sustained control
- Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Erect perennial herb < 2 m high. Stems are woody at base. Leaves are < 15 x 2.5 cm and serrated. Flowers are daisy-like, pink/purple with a yellow centre, and borne in September – November.
What you need to know
To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2021, you:
- will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell holly-leaved senecio within the Auckland region.
- will not be allowed to plant holly-leaved senecio within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
- must destroy any holly-leaved senecio 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.
Disturbed sites, dunes, herbfields, shrubland, cliffs, rocky banks, roadsides, hillsides, forest and riparian margins.
Seeds dispersed by wind. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.
Impact on environment
Displaces small-stature native plant species in a range of coastal native habitats.
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.
Method: Dig out.
Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds.
Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical.
Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.
Community agrichemical control recommendations
No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel.
Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user: Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.
For infestations amongst desirable species: Foliar spray with 10ml clopyralid per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant (not for use in home gardens).
Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.