Climber Weed profiles & fact sheets
Climber Weeds & native alternatives, GROW ME INSTEAD
I’M A WEED
Perennial climbing semi-woody vine with slender, twining stems becoming rope-like with age. Can climb up to 4 m, generally over other plants. Leaves are long stalked, smooth, green above and pale below. Each leaf consists of 3 leaflets 3-9 cm by 1-7 cm. Flowers are in clusters of white, pale mauve to purple, pea-like blooms, borne on stalks 5 cm long. Flowers are followed by pea-like pods.
Threat / Problem
• Extremely invasive and fast-growing, smothering other vegetation. Fixes nitrogen in soil, providing an environment for other weeds. Prolific seed producer with seed remaining viable for many years.
• Seed is explosively ejected from pods for several metres. Also spread by birds, in dumped garden waste or movement of contaminated soil.
• Hand pull before seed set. Spot spray, cut and swab large 88 plants, ensure all material is removed from site and follow up.
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Twining woody climber with sparse foliage. Leaves usually as three oblong leaflets 0.8-3 cm long.
In spring the plants are covered with masses of attractive greenish-cream star shaped flowers 1.5-2.5 cm long. Male and female flowers are on different plants. Female flowers develop into clusters of fluffy seeds with long feathery plumes which give the plant its name. Can be grown as ground cover or climber but only gives sparse foliage cover. Naturally they climb over other trees or shrubs.
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Prostrate or twining low shrub, with slender red-brown stems to 1 m long. Leaves rounded 1.5-6 cm long by 15-35 mm wide.
Very small, five-petalled, cream flowers are in racemes (elongated cluster of flowers along a stem) 1-9 cm long. Fruit is a small ribbed nut 2.7-3.0 mm long.
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