|Botanical Name||Polygonum capitatum|
|Origin||Warm temperate Himalaya|
DescriptionTrailing plant, often used as garden ground cover. Fine hairs on leaves and stems, giving distinctive red colour and pattern. Distinctive pink flower heads, numerous, over long season, about 15mm across.
Where is it found?The plant favours dry banks in full sun, forming a strong mat and replacing most native vegetation.
Why is it a problem?Forms a dense carpet on roadside banks and similar open places.
How does it spread?Spreads out of gardens, and garden rubbish dumps.
How do I get rid of it?
Hand pulling, weed eater, grubber. Allow cut material to dry out before disposal.
Some plants are appearing in fairly remote locations, evidently from seed.