Queen of the Night is easily spread forming dense stands on our forest floor.
Queen of the night or Night Scented Jasmine (Solanaceae – Cestrum nocturnum) forms dense stands with toxic berries and leaves that dominate the wet and shady spots on the forest floor. Its similar to look at as a lot of native species but its distinct smelly ‘solanaceae’ smell gives it away; as does its green-white jasmine like flowers and smell in the night.
Queen of the Night is in our Dirty Dozen because it spreads and grows quickly, producing toxic berries and inhibits the growth of our native plants in our forests.
How you can help…
You can remove it by pulling out small seedlings leaving them onsite for the roots to rot or apply herbicide to remove them. We find BambooBuster from Cut’n’Paste works well(nb. MetGel doesnt work for the Solanaceae family), for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to BambooBuster please contact us text 022 526 1972 or email email@example.com – 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)