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.

Wonga Wonga Vine

Wonga Wonga Vine

Wonga wonga vine and similar vines; Bower vine and Port St. John creeper are common weeds in waste places and ab...

Winter Heliotrope

Winter Heliotrope

Winter heliotrope is a weed of waste places, near streams and under trees in the South Island and the lower half...

Toad Rush

Toad Rush

Toad rush is a common weed in cultivated land, paths and lawns.

Aluminium Artillery Weed

Aluminium Artillery Weed

The artillery or aluminium plant is a scrambling ground cover weed.

Hieracium Hawkweed

Hieracium Hawkweed

Hieracium Hawkweed is a common clump forming weed found in lawns, flowerbeds and waste places.

Angelica

Angelica

Angelica is sometimes known as wild celery. It is a weeds of waste places and near coasts.

Parsley Dropwort

Parsley Dropwort

Parsley dropwort is a weed which causes problems where it grows. At present, it grows mainly only in Northland a...

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 ...

Buck's Horn Plantain

Buck's Horn Plantain

Buck's Horn Plantain is a common weed throughout New Zealand. Found in sandy, muddy and rocky locations near the...

Spurrey

Spurrey

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

Creeping Mallow

Creeping Mallow

Creeping mallow is a low growing annual weed which spreads and roots where it touches the ground.

Storksbill

Storksbill

Storkbill is a common rosette weed in lawns, flowerbeds, waste areas and paths.

Hawkbit

Hawkbit

Hawkbit, and similar species catsear, dandelion, hawksbeard and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zealand garden...

Catsear

Catsear

Catsear and similar species hawksbeard, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zealand gardens...

Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle

Sow thistle, and similar species hawksbeard, catsear, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Z...

Oxtongue

Oxtongue

Oxtongue and similar species catsear, hawksbeard, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zeala...

Twin Cress

Twin Cress

Twin Cress and similar species catsear, hawksbeard, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zea...

Parsley Piert

Parsley Piert

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

Pratia

Pratia

Pratia (Lobelia) are a genus of small leaved,evergreen, low growing perennials often found as weeds in lawns and...

Stonecrop Sedum

Stonecrop Sedum

Stonecrop is a common weed in dry sandy waste areas, flowerbeds, paths and sometimes in lawns.

Wall Rocket

Wall Rocket

Wall rocket and similar species catsear, hawksbeard, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Ze...

Chickweed

Chickweed

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

Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew (aka Tradiscantia and Wandering willie) is a ground cover weed. It invades quickly and shades out ...

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...

Buckthorn

Buckthorn

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

Willows

Willows

Willows (Salix) such as the crack willow and grey willow form fast growing clumps of dense vegetation often near...

Tarweed

Tarweed

Tarweed, a member of the broomrape family, is a common weed of clay ground and waste places.

Galinsoga

Galinsoga

Galinsoga is a common weed in waste places and flowerbeds.

Geranium Weed

Geranium Weed

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

Velvetleaf

Velvetleaf

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

Hawksbeard

Hawksbeard

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

Ivy

Ivy

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

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

Periwinkle is a rapidly growing, perennial, scrambling ground cover weed. It forms rhizomes and long trailing st...

Buddleia

Buddleia

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

Cape Weed

Cape Weed

Cape Weed and similar species catsear, hawksbeard, dandelion, hawkbit and oxtongue, are common weeds of New Zeal...

Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches

Bear's breeches can become weedy in gardens and where it has escaped from gardens.

Nightshade

Nightshade

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

Onehunga Weed

Onehunga Weed

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

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...

Cleavers

Cleavers

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

Fennel

Fennel

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

Speedwell

Speedwell

Speedwells are common garden and waste area annual weeds.

Hypericum

Hypericum

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

Purslane

Purslane

Purslane is a common weed of waste places, flowerbeds, paths and other places throughout New Zealand.

Redroot Pigweed Amaranth

Redroot Pigweed Amaranth

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

Bindweed

Bindweed

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

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...

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

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

Poplar

Poplar

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

Suckling Clover

Suckling Clover

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

Hemlock

Hemlock

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

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

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

Dandelion

Dandelion

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

Wild Mint

Wild Mint

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

Climbing Asparagus

Climbing Asparagus

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

Carrot Weed

Carrot Weed

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

Loosestrife

Loosestrife

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

Thistle

Thistle

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

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

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

Grassy weeds

Grassy weeds

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

Mallow

Mallow

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

Daisies

Daisies

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

Banana Passionfruit

Banana Passionfruit

Banana passionfruit vine grows rapidly, forming large, heavy, long-lived tangled masses. Banana passionfruit vin...

Mullein

Mullein

Mulleins are a group of annual or biennial weeds often found in stony and waste areas.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus was introduced as a garden plant but it naturalises and spreads easily in New Zealand, tolerating a w...

Plantain

Plantain

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

Clover

Clover

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

Convolvulus

Convolvulus

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

Rush

Rush

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

Barberry

Barberry

Barberry, including Darwin's barberry and European barberry, are woody evergreen shrubs with spiky leaves.

Vipers Bugloss

Vipers Bugloss

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

Sedges

Sedges

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

Madeira Mignonette Vine

Madeira Mignonette Vine

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

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...

Horsetail

Horsetail

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

Path Weeds

Path Weeds

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

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

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

Spurge

Spurge

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

Valerian

Valerian

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

Toadflax

Toadflax

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

Jasmine

Jasmine

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

Ragwort

Ragwort

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

Couch Twitch Grass

Couch Twitch Grass

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

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

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

Paspalum

Paspalum

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

Broadleaf Weeds

Broadleaf Weeds

Broadleaf weeds are weeds with leaves that have branched veins.

Sorrel

Sorrel

Sorrel is a low growing rosette like weed that sends up shoots with flowers heads of green that turn yellow and ...

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...

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...

Broom

Broom

Broom is a bright yellow flowered, much branched shrub. It is a weed in waste areas, river beds, hill country an...

Fathen

Fathen

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

Fumitory

Fumitory

Fumitory is a scrambling and climbing annual weed common in gardens, roadsides and waste areas.

Moth Plant

Moth Plant

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

Fireweed

Fireweed

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

Kikuyu

Kikuyu

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

Dock

Dock

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

Gorse

Gorse

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

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...

Lupins

Lupins

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

Potato

Potato

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

Buttercup

Buttercup

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

Boneseed

Boneseed

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

Foxglove

Foxglove

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

Annual Poa

Annual Poa

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

Hydrocotyle

Hydrocotyle

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

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is an introduced grass that readily becomes weedy.

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo can be an attractive garden plant but it rapidly forms dense clumps that shade out and exclude other plan...

Oxalis

Oxalis

Oxalis is a fast spreading, small, low-growing weed often found in gardens and lawns.

Lantana

Lantana

Lantana is a smelly, scrambling, shrubby, poisonous weed. Seeds are spread by birds, and suckering roots allow t...

Privet

Privet

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

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...

Yarrow

Yarrow

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

Medick

Medick

Medick is a group of weeds including Black Medick, Bur Medick and Spotted Bur Medick. These are common weeds in ...

Selfheal

Selfheal

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