Bridal creeper, Bridal veil creeper, Smilax
|Botanical Name||Asparagus asparagoides|
DescriptionSummer-green scrambling or twining plant, roots tuberous. Stem to 3 m long, tortuous. Solitary cladodes (leaf-like stem projections) growing at each node along main stem distinguish this species.
Where is it found?Locally common. Bluffs, open rocklands and rubble slopes, lowland rocky communities, gumlands and pakihi, dry lowland shrublands, roadsides, hedges, wastelands, coastal shoreline communities and open pohutukawa forest, inshore and offshore islands. Thrives in impoverished soils and bare rock situations but also does well in volcanic soils. Likes good drainage.
Why is it a problem?Forms a dense mat and smothers low growing plants and regenerating seedlings of canopy species. At risk are communities of stunted or low growing native plants and regenerating coastal canopy species such as pohutukawa and kowhai.
How does it spread?Spread along coasts and roadsides by soil and water movement, also dispersed by birds and garden waste.
How do I get rid of it?
Grubbing should only be used to control smaller scattered plants, because breaking the sward tends to encourage seeds to germinate.
Spray only when the plant is actively growing.
Bridal Creeper rust, Puccinia myrsiphylli was first found in the Auckland area in 2005. It has since spread to many sites in the Bay of Plenty. It is thought that it was self-introduced from Australia.
Glyphosate and Penetrant as above
For further information please refer to Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Fact Sheet on Climbing Plants.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution within New Zealand!