|Botanical Name||Solanum jasminoides|
DescriptionHigh climbing woody plant, stems to 15 m long. Slender twining petioles and long-oval leaves to 60 mm, sometimes with lobes at base. Flowers star-shaped, white or pale mauvish blue in loose bunches, Jan-Dec. Berry 4-6 mm, deep blue/black.
Where is it found?Common in cultivation. Shrub, forest margins in the vicinity of original sites of cultivation, occasional among streamside willows.
Why is it a problem?Shrubland, forest margins and sometimes streamsides.
How does it spread?An escape from cultivation. Some of its spread almost certainly vegetative. The white flowered Solanum has abundant orange berries which are spread by birds. Purple flowered species do not fruit so readily.
How do I get rid of it?
Hand pull, ensuring that all vegetation and roots are removed.
Caution may need to be exercised to prevent regrowth of cut material.
Hand pull wherever possible.
The herbicide mixtures need further testing.