Vetch

Vetch

Common weed of gardens, grassland and waste places throughout New Zealand.

Pearlwort

Pearlwort

Pearwort and procumbent pearlwort are common weeds of lawns, paths and wast places.

Poplar

Poplar

Poplar trees are introduced trees and because they grow tall and dense they are often used as windbreaks around ...

Parsley Piert

Parsley Piert

Parsley piert is a winter growing annual weed of waste places and lawns.

Cleavers

Cleavers

Cleavers is a common annual weed found in gardens. The leaves, stems and fruit 'stick' to clothing.

Path Weeds

Path Weeds

Path weeds are grasses, broad leaf weeds, mosses, liverworts and lichens growing on paths, drives or other hard ...

Grassy weeds

Grassy weeds

Grassy weeds are grasses growing unwanted in areas such as garden beds or driveways and course grasses in fine l...

Loosestrife

Loosestrife

Loosestife is a common weed of damp places, roadsides and waste areas.

Annual Poa

Annual Poa

Annual meadow grass (Poa annua) is a common weedy grass in New Zealand gardens and lawns.

Onehunga Weed

Onehunga Weed

Onehunga (also known as prickle weed and bindii) is a prickly-seeded weed often found in lawns.

Spurrey

Spurrey

Spurrey and sand spurrey are common weeds of gardens and waste places, particularly in sandy locations.

Old Man's Beard

Old Man's Beard

Old Man's Beard is a clematis and prolific climbing weed. It smothers trees and shrubs in gardens and native for...

Privet

Privet

Privets are fast growing shrubs of the olive family. They are often used as hedging plants and can become weedy ...

Speedwell

Speedwell

Speedwells are common garden and waste area annual weeds.

Buckthorn

Buckthorn

Buckthorn (Rhamnus spp.) are weeds of scrub, bush margins and plantations.

Galinsoga

Galinsoga

Galinsoga is a common weed in waste places and flowerbeds.

Daisies

Daisies

Daisies are common broadleaf weed in lawns, flowerbeds and pathways.

Dock

Dock

Dock is a common broadleaf weed often found in lawns and in flowerbeds.

Hydrocotyle

Hydrocotyle

Hydrocotyle is a creeping weed commonly found in lawns throughout New Zealand.

Onion Weed

Onion Weed

Onion weed or wild garlic is a weed of flower beds and pathways. It forms large clumps of plants which will spre...

Buddleia

Buddleia

Buddleia grows quickly, and forms self-replacing thickets. Buddleia is extremely versatile, tolerating a wide ra...

Chickweed

Chickweed

Chickweeds are fast growing annual weeds, usually light green, soft, low growing and trailing. Chickweed is very...

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

Crocosmia (montbretia) was originally a garden plant but has become a weed in many areas. It has grass like leav...

Fennel

Fennel

Wild fennel and similar weeds such as wild carrot, wild parsnip, hemlock and hogweed are common on roadsides and...

Nightshade

Nightshade

Nightshades are a fast growing small trees, up to 5 metres tall. They can be found in rough pasture, roadsides a...

Plantain

Plantain

Plantains are common weeds found in lawns and waste areas. They have a low growing rosette of leaves and tall st...

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Bittersweet is a poisonous vine-like perennial growing up to 2 metres tall which produces berries which start gr...

Geranium Weed

Geranium Weed

Weeds of the Geranium family include storksbill, cut-leaved geranium, herb robert and others. They are common we...

Clover

Clover

Clovers are very common creeping weeds found in lawns and garden beds.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion is a common weed with a large yellow flower often found in lawns.

Hawksbeard

Hawksbeard

Hawksbeard, and similar species catsear, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zealand garden...

Hypericum

Hypericum

Tutsan (Hypercum androaemum) and St.John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are common weeds of waste places. St John...

Bindweed

Bindweed

Bindweed is a term used to describe many creeping and climbing weeds including convolvulus and blue morning glor...

Hemlock

Hemlock

Hemlock and similar weeds such as wild carrot, wild parsnip, fennel and hogweed are common on roadsides and in w...

Suckling Clover

Suckling Clover

Suckling clover is a common weed in lawns, flowerbeds and other places in the garden.

Redroot Pigweed Amaranth

Redroot Pigweed Amaranth

Redroot is a common weed in gardens, roadsides, agriculture and waste areas. Also known as Pigweed or Amaranth.

Climbing Asparagus

Climbing Asparagus

Climbing asparagus fern weed is a fast growing, rapid coloniser. It is very shade tolerant and kills host plants...

Nettle

Nettle

Common nettle is an annual weed with short stinging bristles on it's stems and leaves.

Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic or onion weed is a weed of flower beds and pathways. It forms large clumps of plants which will spre...

Carrot Weed

Carrot Weed

Carrot weed and parsley dropwort are common weeds in waste places, roadsides and lawns.

Kikuyu

Kikuyu

Kikuyu is a creeping grass that can quickly spread and become a nuisance in your garden. However, Kikuyu can be ...

Wild Mint

Wild Mint

Weeds of the mint family are scented, low growing, sprawling plants that include aluminium plant, pennyroyal, le...

Sedges

Sedges

Sedges have similarities to grasses. They can be weedy in turf, flowerbeds and waste places.

Buttercup

Buttercup

Buttercups are common weeds in damp areas of lawns and pastures.

Velvetleaf

Velvetleaf

MPI is investigating the appearance of the pest weed velvetleaf in fodder beet crops on a number of properties n...

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's purse and related weeds are common in gardens, paths, cultivated land and waste areas.

Madeira Mignonette Vine

Madeira Mignonette Vine

Madeira or Mignonette Vine is a rampant climbing vine with hard to kill tubers.

Convolvulus

Convolvulus

Convolvulus is a creeping and climbing weed sometimes referred to as bindweed. It is a difficult to control weed...

Mallow

Mallow

Mallows are common weeds of waste areas and untended gardens. They vary from small weeds of lawns to tall plants...

Spurge

Spurge

Spurges are members of the Euhorbia family and are common weeds in gardens. Some of these are in the top ten of ...

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Wild ginger, also known as kahili ginger and ginger lily, is a weed in many parts of New Zealand. It has long sp...

Paspalum

Paspalum

Paspalum grasses are common weeds in lawns, flowerbeds and waste places.

Blackberry Bramble

Blackberry Bramble

Blackberry (also known as bramble) is a member of the rose family. It has very thorny semi-upright stems and is ...

Couch Twitch Grass

Couch Twitch Grass

Couch (NI) or Twitch (SI) grass is a common weed in garden lawns, flowerbeds, paths and waste places.

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

The forget-me-not family of weeds are annual or biennials, common in garden flowerbeds, roadsides, waste places ...

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckles including Japanese honeysuckle and Himalayan honeysuckle grow fast and the Japanese honeysuckle has...

Horsetail

Horsetail

Horsetails, including Field horsetail and Rough horsetail (Equisetum spp) are fern-like, colony forming perennia...

Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine, like many other garden plants, can become a weed if it spreads out of control and strangles other desir...

Ivy

Ivy

Ivy is a hardy, climbing plant that is often found climbing over trees and fences.

Ragwort

Ragwort

Ragwort is a poisonous weed. It is common in pastures because cattle will avoid it but it is also common in wast...

Rush

Rush

Rushes are spiky plants often found in poor agricultural land, waste areas, alongside ponds and other wet areas....

Toadflax

Toadflax

Ivy-leaved toadflax is a garden escapee weed. It is common in shady banks, walls, rocks and paths.

Vipers Bugloss

Vipers Bugloss

Viper's Bugloss and other weeds in the forget-me-not family are annual or biennials, common in garden flowerbeds...

Boneseed

Boneseed

Boneseed is a common weed in scrubland, coastal cliffs, waste areas and dunes.

Thistle

Thistle

Thistles are prickly leaved weeds that will grow in lawns and waste areas of gardens.

Valerian

Valerian

Valerian is a perrenial weed often found growing in walls, banks and cliffs.

Arum and Italian Lily

Arum and Italian Lily

Arum and Italian lilies are tuberous clump forming plants that produce attractive trumpet shaped flowers, but th...

Potato

Potato

Potatoes are not usually described as weeds but they can be weedy, particularly where potato tubers are discarde...

Fireweed

Fireweed

Fireweed is a name that is used for several erect, leafy annual and perennial weeds of the daisy family and some...

Moth Plant

Moth Plant

Moth plant vine grows rapidly, forming large, heavy, long-lived tangled masses. Its seeds can drift long distanc...

Lupins

Lupins

Lupins, including Russell lupins and blue lupins are garden flowers that have escaped and are now found wild in ...

Fathen

Fathen

Fathen (or fat hen) is a common weed in gardens, roadsides, agriculture and waste areas. Fathen is toxic to both...

Groundsel

Groundsel

Groundsel is a very common garden weed. It is short lived but will grow, flower and seed within a few weeks of g...

Tree Lupin

Tree Lupin

Tree lupins are soft wooded shrub with attractive yellow flowers. They are often seen colonising sandy areas, ri...

Polygonum

Polygonum

Polygonum (Dock family) is a genus of many weeds including knotweed, willow weed, wireweed, sheep's sorrel, dock...

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is an introduced grass that readily becomes weedy.

Foxglove

Foxglove

Sometimes grown in gardens for their attractive flowers, foxgloves can also become a weed. All parts of the foxg...

Selfheal

Selfheal

Selfheal is one of the more difficult weeds to control in lawns.

Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow is a common weed of pastures, roadsides, gardens and waste places. It has feathery much brached leaves an...

Climbing Weeds

Climbing Weeds

There are a variety of weeds that will climb and scramble up trees, walls, fences and through the growth of othe...