|Botanical Name||Cobaea scandens|
|Origin||Central and South America|
IdentificationA vigorous perennial vine, with bell-shaped flowers, opening green but changing to purple after the pollen has dispersed. Leaf up to 120 mm long x 55 mm wide, with prominent ribs below.
HabitatsOpen forest-edge situations near gardens where the plant escapes.
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsA fast-growing climber smothering native plants in forest-edge situations, up to the top of smaller trees, tree ferns etc. Capable of spreading over substantial areas.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesA garden escape.
Small infestations can be dug out.
Can regrow from cut material. Bury deeply.
Banvine (24D and dicamba) or Tordon Gold (Triclopyr + Picloram) are effective overall sprays.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution within New Zealand!