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Holly leaved senecio

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Holly leaved senecio

Holly leaved senecio also known as pink or purple ragwort or Senecio glastifolius

General description

Herbaceous perennial plant with oval leaves coarsely toothed, holly-like, up to 1.5m tall with purple, and mauve or pink flowers in clusters with yellow centres.

It flowers from late September to December producing downy, parachute-like seeds which are mainly spread by the wind.

Impact on the environment

This plant is highly visible in urban and some outlying rural areas. It is an aggressive garden escapee that establishes rapidly on lightly stocked pasture land, cut-over pine forest lots, wasteland, reserves and road sides.

Seeds are mostly spread by the wind, but can also be spread by humans and contaminated machinery.

Control methods

To help minimise or stop the spread of this plant: 

Pull out the plant before it flowers, remove the crown. Burn flowers or seed heads.

When plants are in flower - remove flower heads. Don't put them in the compost bin.

Larger infestations can be controlled by using an approved herbicide before plants flower.  Or cut them off at ground level and remove all foliage.

Maintain good pasture cover to prevent re-establishment.

Regional Pest Management Plan

Holly leaved senecio is a 'progressive containment plant pest' in the plan.

It's the responsibility of land owners or occupiers to destroy the plants to prevent seeding and to maintain a 50m boundary clearance back from adjacent land that's free of this plant.

It's important that land occupiers with this weed maintain a regular maintenance programme to control the spread before seed is produced.

Where land occupiers fail to carry out proper control measures to the required standards, Council can use regulatory measures to achieve compliance. Our staff can help by giving advice on the best control methods,

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