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Gorse is a prickly, woody shrub. It is regarded as New Zealand's worst weed.


Gorse is a prickly shrub which grows 2 metres or more tall. It has yellow flowers which produce explosive seed pods. Gorse is seen spreading across exposed hillsides in many parts of New Zealand but it is also common on roadsides, in waste areas and will invade gardens.



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Gorse (sometimes known as Whin) was introduced to New Zealand as a hedging plant but quickly spread as a weed. It is now established on thousands of hectares hill and less intensively farmed countryside. The seeds can remain viable in the soil for many years making it a particularly difficult weed to eradicate completely.

Latin name: Gorse - Ulex eurpopaeus.

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