Vines & Scramblers

Cape Ivy

Delairea odorata

Also known as Senecio mikanioides Cape Ivy is naturalised in coastal parts of NSW and rapidly grows to blanket and smother surrounding vegetation.
  • Family Asteraceae
  • Origin South Africa
  • Habit A climbing and trailing perennial, non-woody vine that smothers vegetation to heights of 10m. Stems break easily.
  • Leaves Ivy or star shaped with 5-7 lobes, fleshy, glossy green above, silvery below, often with a purple tinge.
  • Flowers Strongly scented on warm days, yellow and daisy-like in dense clusters lacking ray florets (petals). Autumn-Spring.
  • Fruit Small, reddish-brown with a ‘parachute’ of fine hairs (pappus). A mature plant can produce up to 4000 seeds annually.
  • Roots Shallow and fibrous, fragments re-root readily.
  • Dispersal Vegetation and seed is spread by wind, water, animals, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Hand Dig, Skirting, Foliar spray.

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