Pellitory is a an upright or spreading plant with hairy stems and leaves that feel sticky. It can cause asthma and skin irritations.
Pellitory is mildly toxic to humans, causing skin irritation when plant hairs cling to clothing, and allergic reactions through the pollen which is produced throughout the year but copiously in spring. Reactions include asthma, conjunctivitis, hay fever and severe skin irritation.
Pellitory is a much-branched perennial herb, that grows up to 1.0 m. It may be upright or spreading. The stems have four-angles and are greenish-brown or reddish-brown. The leaves and stems are covered in curled hairs that feel sticky. Leaves are green, soft, oval shape with pointed ends, and are 2cm to 8cm long. They are arranged alternately along the stems. Flowers are very small, light green in colour, and clustered long the stems. Flowers may turn red or reddish-brown when they mature.
Pellitory common weed on roadsides and in gardens and thrives in cracks especially against walls. It is a common weed in Sydney suburbs.
Native of Europe, central and western Asia and northern Africa.
Plants grow and produce seed very rapidly (within 2-3 weeks under favourable conditions). Regrowth is persistent, and plants can flower and set seed most of the year. The seeds are dispersed by wind, water and by attachment to humans and animals by sticky hairs.
See Using herbicides for more information.
Glyphosate 360 g/L
Rate: 1.0 L in 100 L of water
Comments: Apply to actively growing plants before flowering. Re-treatments may be required to control seedlings.
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate
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.
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