Climbing Asparagus smothers the forest floor and under-storey preventing the establishment of native plant seedlings.
Climbing Asparagus and its allies (Liliaceae – Asparagus scandens, .. asparagoides.. aethiopicus) Smothers the forest floor and under-storey preventing the establishment of native plant seedlings. As they climb they can ringbark and kill soft-barked shrubs and trees. These plant pests can live in dry poor soils and out compete more delicate native species on the ground as well as our already vulnerable epiphytes.
Climbing Asparagus is in our Dirty Dozen because it smothers the forest floor and threatens some of our most vulnerable native plant species.
How you can help…
You can remove it by hand pulling small seedlings or you can apply herbicide to remove them. You can find out how best to control Climbing Asparagus and what to use on NRC’s Pest Control Hub (click here)
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to herbicide and tools please contact us on text 022 526 1972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)