Herbs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Prostrate spreading perennial herb to 20 cm high. Leaves are oval or spade-shaped, to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, covered with hairs when young. The flowers are small, white with a slight pink tinge and turn yellow with age. Fruits are capsules containing shiny, black seeds to 0.1 cm long.
Threat / Problem
• Forms a very dense mat over the soil surface, preventing native species becoming established. Readily invades disturbed sandy areas.
•New plants grow from seed. Seed spread by soil movement, wind and water.
• Hand pull small plants.
• Spot spray with non-selective herbicide late winter while actively growing.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Prostrate, dense, fast-growing shrub, usually less than 0.3 m high forming a mat to about 3 m in diameter. Masses of small white or pink star shaped flowers 0.7-0.9 cm in diameter form in clusters of two or three from September to March, and are followed by succulent berries, 0.5-0.7 cm in diameter, yellowish-white, drying brown.
Excellent spreading groundcover with dense foliage in open sun, less dense in shaded sites. Drought, frost and salt tolerant. Attractive in rock gardens and cascading over walls. Purple leaf forms also occur. Butterfly nectar plant.
OR GROW ME
Prostrate, perennial sub-shrub to 0.4 m high and 2 m wide. Separate male and female flowers form in small clusters on the same plant. Leaves 1-2 cm long, green to grey-green above, whitish and scaly below. Fruit 0.4-0.6 cm long, roughly diamondshaped, sometimes red and succulent when fresh. Grows scattered or in clumps, flowering in summer.
Salt and drought tolerant, usually found in heavy soil (sometimes slightly saline). Dense foliage gives good groundcover, interesting foliage colour. Seeds are an important food source for birds, insects and caterpillar stage of some butterflies.