Herbs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Erect, low shrub 0.3-0.9 m high. Leaves are light green, fleshy, somewhat succulent and deeply lobed. The flowers that form over spring and summer are small white daisies to 3 cm in diameter with a yellow centre
containing many seeds. Common in disturbed areas on clifftops and in dunes.
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 prolific seed. Seed spread by soil movement, wind and water.
• Hand pull small plants. Spot spray with approved herbicide late winter whilst actively growing.
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Ixodia achillaeoides ssp. alata
Shrub or undershrub 0.1-2 m high with ribbed or winged, branched stems. Leaves are variable, linear to lance-shaped 0.5-10 cm long, dark green above, paler below. The flower heads are in small to large clusters at the ends of the stems and individual white daisy flowers are 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter.
Found on well drained, moist soils in sunny positions. Good for cut flowers .
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Fringed Daisy bush
Sparsely branched, erect to spreading, dwarf shrub to 0.3 m high. The bright green leaves are linear, about 15 cm long by 0.1-0.2 cm wide with fringed margins. The purple daisy flower heads to 2.5 cm in diameter form singly on short unbranched stems from August to October.
Hardy and prefers well drained soils in a sunny position. Propagation from cuttings is usually easier than from seed. Good long-lasting flower display.
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