Do your bit to help wipe out woolly nightshade in the Bay of Plenty.
Over the summer we are helping landowners across the region to take responsibility to stop the spread of woolly nightshade. It’s a nasty plant, produces a lot of seeds and matures very quickly. If everyone takes action to pull up seedlings or control plants on their property, it all makes a difference.
Why is it a pest?
- It forms dense stands which crowd out all other plants.
- It flowers continuously during the warmer months, producing lots of seeds.
- Birds eat the berries and can spread the seeds long distances, including native bush.
- Seedlings established in summer can go on to grow and produce seeds by autumn in the same year.
- Seeds in the soil can germinate up to 20-30 years later.
- The dust from the leaves and stems can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
- The berries are poisonous to humans, cattle and pigs if eaten.