cape ivyCape ivy

Common name: Cape ivy
Botanical name: Senecio angulatus
Management programme: Advisory

Originally from South Africa, Cape ivy was introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental plant and was recorded as naturalised in 1940.

Why is it a pest?

  • Produces many long-lived seeds that are dispersed a long way from parent plants via wind.
  • Layering stems smother ground and low-growing plants. Forms dense, long-lived mats that prevent the establishment of native plant seedlings.
  • Tolerates salt, wind, drought, damage and semi-shade.

Where is it found?

Coastal, rocky areas, cliffs, bush edges, regenerating lowland forests and inshore islands.

What does it look like?

  • Scrambling perennial, often forming a dense tangled shrub, with wiry woody stems that are sparingly branched.
  • Very fleshy, leathery leaves that have 1-3 coarse serrations on each side, the uppermost leaves are smaller, narrower and occasionally smooth edged.
  • Dense clusters of yellow, ragwort-like flowers (March to August) are followed by fluffy seeds.

What are the rules?


The Bay of Plenty Regional Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control these species if required.

How do you get rid of it?

  • Hand-pull (all year) – dispose at refuse station, burn or deep bury
  • Dig-out (all year) – dispose at refuse station, burn or deep bury
  • Spraying (spring – summer)


CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.

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