Climbing asparagus fern (Asparagus plumosus)

Also known as: ferny asparagus

Profile

Impact

Climbing asparagus fern is native to southern Africa, and was originally introduced to Australia as an ornamental plant. It is now a serious weed of bushland and rainforests, where it climbs up to forest canopies, smothering vegetation. 

Description

Climbing asparagus fern is a branching vine with wiry climbing stems to around five metres long. It has greenish-white bell-like flowers and black fleshy berries. 

Habitat

Climbing asparagus fern prefers fertile soils in high rainfall areas. It is a shade-loving plant.

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Control

Herbicide options

WARNING - ALWAYS READ THE LABEL
Users of agricultural or veterinary chemical products must always read the label and any permit, before using the product, and strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. Users are not absolved from compliance with the directions on the label or the conditions of the permit by reason of any statement made or not made in this information. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website www.apvma.gov.au

See Using herbicides for more information.


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Fluroxypyr 333 g/L (Staraneā„¢ Advanced)
Rate: 300 to 600ml per 100 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application
Withholding period: 7 days.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Roundup®)
Rate: 1 part glyphosate to 50 parts water
Comments: Spot spray application, best done between flowering and berries forming.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Roundup®)
Rate: 1 part glyphosate to 1.5 parts water
Comments: Cut stump/scrape stem.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate


PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2020
Metsulfuron-methyl 600 g/kg (Brush-off®)
Rate: 1 - 2 g in 10 L of water plus add a non-ionic surfactant
Comments: Spot spray application
Withholding period: Nil (recommended not to graze for 7 days before treatment and for 7 days after treatment to allow adequate chemical uptake in target weeds).
Herbicide group: B, Inhibitors of acetolactate synthase (ALS inhibitors)
Resistance risk: High


Picloram 44.7 g/kg + Aminopyralid 4.47 g/L (Vigilant II ®)
Rate: Undiluted
Comments: Cut / stump stem injection application
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: I, Disruptors of plant cell growth (synthetic auxins)
Resistance risk: Moderate


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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Area Class Legal requirements
Albury 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Balranald 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bayside 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bega Valley 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bellingen 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bland 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Blue Mountains 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bogan 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Bourke 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Brewarrina 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Broken Hill 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Burwood 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cabonne 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Camden 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Campbelltown 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Canada Bay 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Canterbury-Bankstown 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Carrathool 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Castlereagh Macquarie County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Central Coast 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Central Darling 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Central Murray County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cessnock 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Clarence Valley 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cobar 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Coffs Harbour 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Coolamon 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cootamundra-Gundagai 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cowra 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Cumblerland 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed only in those areas formerly known as Auburn City and Holroyd Councils
Cumblerland 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed only in the area formerly known as Parramatta City Council
Dungog 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Eurobodalla 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Fairfield 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Federation 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Forbes 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Georges River 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Glen Innes Severn 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Goulburn Mulwaree 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Greater Hume 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Griffith 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Gunnedah 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Gwydir 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Hawkesbury River County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Hay 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Hornsby 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Hunters Hill 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Illawarra District Weeds Authority 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Inner West 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Inverell 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Junee 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Kempsey 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Ku-ring-gai 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Lachlan 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Lake Macquarie 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Lane Cove 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Leeton 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Liverpool 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Liverpool Plains 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Lockhart 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Lord Howe Island 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Maitland 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Mid-Coast 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Mid-Western Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Moree Plains 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Mosman 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Murray River (formerly Wakool) 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Murrumbidgee 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Nambucca 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Narrabri 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Narrandera 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Narromine 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
New England Tablelands County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Newcastle 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
North Sydney 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Northern Beaches 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Orange 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Parkes 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Parramatta 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed only in those parts of the areas formerly in Hornsby Shire Council and formerly known as Parramatta City Council
Parramatta 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed except in those parts of the areas formerly in Hornsby Shire Council and formerly known as Parramatta City Council
Port Macquarie-Hastings 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Port Stephens 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Randwick 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Rous County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Ryde 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Shoalhaven 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Snowy Monaro Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Snowy Valleys 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Southern Slopes County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Strathfield 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Sutherland 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Sydney 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Tamworth Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Temora 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Tenterfield 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Unincorporated Area of Western Division 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Upper Hunter County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Upper Lachlan 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Upper Macquarie County Council 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Wagga Wagga 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Waverley 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Weddin 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Wentworth 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Western Plains Regional 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Willoughby 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Wingecarribee 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Wollondilly 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed
Woollahra 4 Locally Controlled Weed
The plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to weeds@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Reviewed 2016