Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica)

Also known as: Portuguese heath

Spanish heath is a perennial woody shrub 1 to 2 m high, densely covered in small narrow leaves.

Profile

How does this weed affect you?

Spanish heath is highly invasive in a variety of habitats including native vegetation, pastures and roadsides.

What does it look like?

Spanish heath has profusions of pink buds and white flowers.

References

Australian Government (n.d.) Erica lusitanica in Weeds in Australia.

DPIWE (n.d.) Weednote Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica).

Powell, J.M. (1992). Erica lusitanica Rudolphi in PlantNET, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia. 

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Control

Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Central Tablelands
Exclusion zone: whole region except for the core infestation area of Lithgow Council
Regional Recommended Measure*
Whole region: The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Exclusion zone: The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. Land managers should mitigate the risk of the plant being introduced to their land. Core infestation area: Land managers should mitigate spread from their land.
South East Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
*To see the Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans containing demonstrated outcomes that fulfill the general biosecurity duty for this weed click here

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Reviewed 2017