Southland is a stunning place to live with a variety of landscapes that are, or could become, affected by weeds that have jumped the garden fence.
Many weeds have been brought into New Zealand as garden plants, but have escaped into the wild where they grow and spread. Once these weeds become established in natural landscapes their removal can be costly and time-consuming.
You can find out about some of our region's other common pest plants by clicking on the links below.
Broom is a widespread and abundant weed throughout much of Southland.
Gorse originated as a hedge plant, but our favourable climate saw it quickly turn into a pest species
Gunnera is a mega herb, with leaves over a metre wde, which cause problems by shading out natives.
Nodding thistle is a large, invasive thistle and a serious threat to agricultural production.
Old man's beard
Originally an ornamental plant, this has jumped the garden fence to become a pest.
Ragwort is a widespread and abundant weed throughout much of Southland.