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.

Starweed

Starweed

Starweed is a weed of the plantain family. It is common in waste places and lawns.

Coarse Grass in Lawns

Coarse Grass in Lawns

Coarse grasses such as Paspalum, Kikuyu, Couch/Twitch, Poa, Barley, in fine turf lawns can be a difficult to con...

Annual Poa

Annual Poa

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

Poplar

Poplar

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

Broom

Broom

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

Ivy

Ivy

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

Cape Weed

Cape Weed

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

Catsear

Catsear

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

Storksbill

Storksbill

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

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...

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...

Wall Rocket

Wall Rocket

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

Oxtongue

Oxtongue

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

Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle

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

Hawkbit

Hawkbit

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

Buckthorn

Buckthorn

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

Grassy weeds

Grassy weeds

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

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

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

Hieracium Hawkweed

Hieracium Hawkweed

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

Hypericum

Hypericum

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

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

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

Sedges

Sedges

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

Bindweed

Bindweed

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

Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches

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

Hawksbeard

Hawksbeard

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

Climbing Asparagus

Climbing Asparagus

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

Madeira Mignonette Vine

Madeira Mignonette Vine

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

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...

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

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

Dandelion

Dandelion

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

Paspalum

Paspalum

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

Couch Twitch Grass

Couch Twitch Grass

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

Privet

Privet

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

Tradescantia

Tradescantia

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

Banana Passionfruit

Banana Passionfruit

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

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 ...

Barberry

Barberry

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

Buddleia

Buddleia

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

Rush

Rush

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

Convolvulus

Convolvulus

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

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

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

Wilding Conifers

Wilding Conifers

Wilding conifer is the New Zealand term for introduced conifers that are spreading across the landscape; self-so...

Ragwort

Ragwort

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

Gorse

Gorse

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

Jasmine

Jasmine

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

Tree Lupin

Tree Lupin

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

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

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

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...

Nightshade

Nightshade

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

Lantana

Lantana

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

Bamboo

Bamboo

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

Moth Plant

Moth Plant

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

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...

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is an introduced grass that readily becomes weedy.

Thistle

Thistle

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

Kikuyu

Kikuyu

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

Selfheal

Selfheal

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

Boneseed

Boneseed

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

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...