does it spread?
The seeds of
asparagus fern are spread by birds droppings, water run-off and
by people dumping them. Asparagus fern can also re-shoot from pieces
of tuber or rhizome left in the ground or dumped after weeding.
does it affect us?
is invasive. It can easily germinate in neighbouring gardens or
bushland when seeded stems droop over boundaries or through bird
droppings. If removal doesn't happen immediately, the plant will
does it seed?
has bright red seeds in September..
rid of Asparagus fern
the ripe fruit and bag them. Dig out the woody crown at the centre
of the plant using a sharp knife. You can leave the water tubers.
Manual control is suitable where the infestations are not too great
or if there is native bush or regeneration.
with a registered herbicide when the plant is actively growing,
between the flowering and fruiting period. The plant may take 2-3
months to die off. Make sure you remove any seeds which grow, even
if you have sprayed. Spraying is best if the infestation is dense
or is on a slope where removal may lead to erosion.
is a noxious Weed Class 4. This means all land owners must control
the growth and spread of this plant on their land, in accordance
with the measures specified in a management plan published by the
local council authority. The plant may not be sold, propagated or
here was taken from an information sheet published by Ku-ring-gai
have produced a useful video on Asparagus
aethiopicus. Click here
to view it.
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