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Cape Ivy 

Cape ivy is a scrambling shrub often found in dry open sites on the coast. Its vigorous growth threatens native coastal vegetation and forest remnants. 

Cape Ivy 

Cape ivy grows rapidly over the ground smothering all species of low stature. It can also scramble over and smother native shrubs up to two metres tall. The dark green leaves are thick, fleshy succulent, broadly diamond shape, with a few toothed margins and thick stems often with a red purple tinge. Flowers are conspicuous yellow, daisy-like and borne in winter.

Cape ivy can spread rapidly by runners and the production of numerous suckers. Branch tips may arch over, forming new plants. Small fragments can sprout roots and grow. The numerous fluffy seeds are spread by wind.

Management and control 

Under the Pest Management Strategy for Otago, residents of Otago are required to destroy any cape ivy on their property. Any breach of this rule is an offence under Section 154(r) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, and may result in default work under Section 128 of the Act.

Manual control methods include slashing, weed-eating, mowing, rotary slashing and grubbing. Use of these methods, however, will usually result in some regrowth occurring. Dig out small infestations and dispose of roots and stems by putting them in a black plastic bag and leave to rot in the sun or take the sealed bag to a landfill.

For best results, cut stems and immediately apply herbicide: Versatill or Tordon during active growth periods.

Control of this pest plant is not a one-off task. Follow up action must be regularly undertaken. The site should be checked for regrowth and seedling establishment.

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Use herbicides at application rates recommended by the manufacturer and wear protective clothing.

View our factsheet on Cape Ivy.

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