Reduce the amount of moth plant and limit the locations that have it.
|Production threat||Environmental threat||Public threat|
Moth plant is an evergreen vine climbing up to 6m high. The plant looks different with age: slender young vines become woody as the plant matures andstarts to branch out.
Native to the western and central Mediterranean, moth plant was introduced into New Zealand as an ornamental species during the 1880s. It’s well-established in the Auckland region and common in parts of the Waikato. It is established in Hamilton and many northern parts of the region including parts of the Coromandel.
Moth plant is a fast-growing vine that can rapidly smother and replacenative vegetation. It invades disturbed or low canopy forest, forestmargins and coastal areas. It is also a problem in urban reserves and gardens where it can spread quickly. Butterflies, moths and bees are attracted to its flowers and become trapped in them, hence the common name, ‘cruel plant’.
Moth plant grows from a short taproot (main root) and other weak shallow roots. It prefers loose, fertile soils in warm, wet areas. The plant spreads mainly by wind borne seeds. When the fruit dries out and splits open, it releases large numbers of seeds attached to silky threads. Look out for them during summer and autumn. Moth plant seeds are poisonousand pods and stems contain a milky sap which irritates some people’sskin, so take care when removing this plant.
All landowners/occupiers in the Waikato are responsible for controllingmoth plant on their properties. Moth plant is also banned from being sold,propagated, distributed or included in commercial displays.
Make sure you wear gloves, as the sap can irritate the skin.
Best results are achieved between December and February before podsare produced.
Remove all seed pods from the vine before using herbicide. Don’t burn them – and don’t compost them or leave them lying around, as the seeds might spread. Take them to a refuse transfer station instead.
Cut stems 20cm above the ground, then coat the stem and hanging ends liberallywith herbicide. Herbicide must be applied immediately after the cut is made. Some herbicides are available in a bottle or gel form, making application easy and convenient.To purchase the herbicide, visit your local hardware, rural supply store or garden centre.
Spray the plant and totally cover leaf surfaces with herbicide. Apply the herbicide carefully to avoid serious damage to other plants you want to keep. Apply during the active growing season (spring to autumn) for best results.
|Picloram (gel)||Cut vine treatment.|
|Glyphosate||Cut vine treatment.|
|Banvine®||Cut vine treatment/knapsack application.|
|Metsulfuron||Spray application – knapsack or handgun.|
|Triclopyr/picloram mix||Spray application – knapsack or handgun.|
|Triclopyr||Cut vine treatment/spray application.|
|Herbicide rules will apply. You may need to notify neighbours if spraying. The Waikato Regional Plan explains the agrichemical (herbicides) use rule in section 6.2.|
|If applying herbicide over water, a resource consent may be required. Please check with Waikato Regional Council before you begin.|
After initial control, it’s important to:
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