|Botanical Name||Erica lusitanica|
DescriptionErect shrub to 2 m high, occasionally with trunk > 15 cm diameter. Shoots densely hairy. Leaves in whorls of 3-4, without stalk, 3-7 mm long. Flowers in densely arranged lateral racemes. Corolla/petals 3-5 mm long, tubular-campanulate, white except for rose or pink flush outside in bud. Flowers Mar-Dec.
Where is it found?Abundant and widespread, especially in areas with moderate to high rainfall. Hillside pastures, shrubland, grassland, open disturbed habitats such as land slips and roadsides. Sea level to 1000m.
Why is it a problem?Increasing, a weed of roadside banks.
How do I get rid of it?
Hand pull seedlings. Fell shrubs or grub out - usually will not reshoot.
(i) 2,4-D Ethylhexylester Ester (controls broadleaf species; ineffective on grasses). Spot spray. Apply to achieve full coverage during active spring growth.
Rate - 500 mls 2,4-D/100 litres water.
Physical control methods are preferred.