Old Man's Beard is a clematis and prolific climbing weed. It smothers trees and shrubs in gardens and native forest.
Old Man's Beard grows rapidly, forming dense, heavy, masses that dominate garden canopy of any height. Stems layer profusely, and it produces many long-lived seeds if exposed to frost. Tolerant of cold, moderate shade, damp, wind, salt, most soil types, and damage it is a major pest weed in New Zealand.
Old Man's Beard can be distinguished from native clematis as it is the only clematis with five leaflets, other usually have only three leaflets.
*Cut vines at waist height (summer-autumn) and spray foliage below; the more of the weed that is sprayed the better the control will be.
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