Weed of the Month May 2022 : Groundsel Bush

Groundsel bush is a serious weed in agricultural, environmental and forestry situations in our region

This highly invasive shrub can be found growing in poorly drained pastures, wetlands, creek areas, abandoned orchards, recently cleared land and even home gardens. Groundsel bush is usually 1.5-3m high, with dull green leaves that have distinctive notched “teeth” at the ends. Interestingly, it has separate female and male plants, with female flowers being white and fluffy at the ends of branches and male flowers cream-coloured in larger heads. It flowers from April to May which makes it easier to find and eradicate.

Groundsel bush is present in the Hastings region but not widespread. With each female plant capable of producing 1.5million seeds, it is vital that we control this weed to prevent larger infestations.

Further information and control options are detailed in the NSW WeedWise app, which is free to download, or on the website here: NSW WeedWise. Council’s Biosecurity Officer is happy to provide advice to help you bring this nasty weed under control. 

Click here to find out how to report a weed.


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