|Botanical Name||Cobaea scandens|
|Origin||Central and South America|
DescriptionA 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.
Where is it found?Open forest-edge situations near gardens where the plant escapes.
Why is it a problem?A 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.
How does it spread?A garden escape.
How do I get rid of it?
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!