Trees & Shrubs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. monilifera
Erect, much branched shrub or small tree, commonly 1-3 m high with elliptical toothed leathery leaves, 2-8 cm long, and yellow daisy flowers with 4-8 petals from July to December. Fruit is small fleshy and globular, light brown when dry, with seed falling from January to February.
Threat / Problem
• Can establish in undisturbed vegetation in a range of habitats reducing biodiversity of native bushland.
• Prolific seed production and vigorous growth lead to dense infestations which reduce the regeneration abilities of native trees and shrubs. Once established, its rapid regeneration and ability to spread quickly after disturbance such as fire or clearing allows it to outcompete and displace native species.
• Produces prolific amounts of seed that is spread by movement of soil and by birds and foxes that feed on the fruit.
• Best in Spring before flowering. Hand pulling effective for small infestations or sensitive situations.
Dispose of plant material with seed off site.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Erect much-branched shrub to 1.5 m high, often curry-scented, linear leaves, and small, white, pink or pale-blue daisy flowers.
Found in mallee, woodland and coastal shrublands. Butterfly nectar plant.
OR GROW ME
Erect, branched small shrub to 1 m high with narrow leaves, dark green above and white below with a distinct mid-vein, and profuse, small, yellow-centred, white daisy flowers from August to September. Prefers well-drained, light soil in open sun.
Widespread in mallee and woodland communities, and on sand dunes.
Butterfly nectar plant.
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