Succulents Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Several succulent plants commonly cultivated in gardens are capable of becoming naturalised in coastal areas, particularly if they are dumped there. Century Plant is a large plant consisting
of a rosette of erect broad, sword-like grey leaves with toothed margins. It flowers in a tall branched headSeveral succulent plants commonly cultivated in gardens are
Threat / Problem
• Succulents are highly tolerant of dry conditions and shallow or infertile soils. They may invade disturbed areas, displacing native plants and may also spread into open woodland and grassy remnant vegetation.
• Most succulents and cacti reproduce vegetatively and are spread by dumping of garden waste. Some also spread by seed after flowering.
• Most succulents can be removed manually, ensuring all material is removed and disposed of off-site.
• Herbicide treatment is by injection or spraying can be effective. Seek specialist advice.
GROW ME INSTEAD
A hardy prostrate, spreading groundcover with stems to 1 m or more long. Leaves are succulent, 3.5-10 cm long and 1 cm wide, curved and triangular in cross section. Flowers are a stiking pink to light purple, up to 6 cm in diameter. The globular, purplish, edible, red fruit is about 2.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide.
Colourful attractive groundcover for sloping sites, rockeries and low maintenance gardens.
OR GROW ME
Prostrate, succulent shrub or annual herb to 30 cm high. Green to reddish leaves are round in cross-section and become more red in dry conditions. Flowers are pink, purple or violet, 2-5 cm in diameter from October to February. Globular fruit is 0.5-1.2 cm in diameter, red and succulent at first, becoming dry and hardened.
Found on saline soils, rocky coastal cliffs and saline soils inland. Frost and drought tolerant.
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