Highly tolerant of poor, dry soils and grows in a wide range of conditions.
- Family Asteraceae
- Origin South Mexico to Venezuela
- Habit An aggresive spreading perennial herb to about 50cm high. Grows vigorously smothering low native ground covers. Highly tolerant of poor dry soils and grows in a wide range of conditions. The plant is able to tolerate high salinity and drought.
- Leaves Simple, evergreen, elliptical to oval, pubescent on both sides, and reach 32mm long by 13mm wide.
- Flowers Small daisy flowers 1-2cm across are borne all year round. Each flower has a yellow centre, a corolla that is 5-lobed with white petals, which become pink and finally purple with age.
- Fruit Dandilion-like tufts; 1 mm long hard dry seed (achene) attached to a pappus of fine whitish hairs, 2 mm long.
- Roots Fibrous, shallow; rooting at the nodes.
- Dispersal Seed spread by wind, humans and contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping. Plants will spread vegetatively by cuttings rooting at the nodes.
- Control Hand pull/dig bagging all plant parts and removing from site, Foliar spray.
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