Environmental weeds

Managing environmental weeds

An environmental weed is any plant which is capable of spreading, either by natural means such as wind, or unintentionally assisted, such as on the wheels of vehicles.

Why they can be a problem

Environmental weeds become an ecological or management problem, as they are often very persistent and expensive to control. They may cause health problems, take over areas of bushland, or invade parks and gardens.

If you have a weed problem in your garden, please look at our information on techniques for weed control.

Environmental weeds in Randwick City

The following table lists some of the main environmental weeds in this area.

Common nameBotanical name
African LovegrassEragrostis curvula
African OliveOlea europaea subspecies: africana
Asparagus FernProtasparagus aethiopicus
BambooArundinaria spp. Bambusa spp. Phyllostachys spp.
Camphor LaurelCinnamomum camphora
Century PlantAgave americana
Cobbler's PegsBidens pilosa
CotoneasterCotoneaster spp.
Crofton WeedAgeratina adenophora
Fishbone FernNephrolepis cordifolia
GazaniasGazania spp.
Japanese HoneysuckleLonicera japonica
Lion's TailLeonotis leonurus
Madeira VineAnredera cordifolia
Mickey Mouse BushOchna serrulata
Mirror BushCoprosma repens
Morning GloryIpomoea indica
Morning Glory, CoastalIpomoea cairica
Mother-of-millionsBryophyllum delagoense
Moth VineAraujia sericiflora
Noogoora BurrXanthium occidentale
Pampas Lily of the ValleySalpichroa origanifolia
Panic VeldtgrassEhrharta erecta
PennywortHydrocotyle bonariensis
Senna or CassiaSenna pendula var glabrata
Turkey RhubarbAcetosa sagittate


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Last Updated: 24 October 2022
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