Apple of Sodom
Also known as:
Dead Sea apple, devil's apple
Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status
- Not a legally declared pest
Perennial shrub c. 1 m tall. Stems and leaves are covered in sharp spines < 15 mm long. Leaves are < 9 x 7 cm, deeply lobed, alternate and dark green, with downy undersides. Flowers are purple, star-shaped and borne in clusters in September-May. Fruits are round, green-white berries that ripen to yellow.
What you need to know
Although apple of Sodom 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.
Coastal areas, scrub margins, pasture, disturbed habitats.
Seeds dispersed by birds and attachment of fruit to animals and machinery.
Impact on environment
May displace native coastal vegetation. Unpalatable to livestock and selective grazing may displace valuable pasture species. Poisonous to animals and humans.
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 if practical.
Disposal options: Can be left on-site to rot down but check for regrowth.
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.
Plant has thorns.
Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.