Creeping Mallow

Creeping Mallow

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

Nostoc

Nostoc

Nostoc is a colonial cyanobacteria (blue-green alga) slime which swells up into a jelly like mass when wet.

Stonecrop Sedum

Stonecrop Sedum

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

Velvetleaf

Velvetleaf

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

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.

Starweed

Starweed

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

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 Piert

Parsley Piert

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

Oxalis

Oxalis

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

Path Weeds

Path Weeds

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

Cleavers

Cleavers

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

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.

Moss on Surfaces

Moss on Surfaces

Kill and remove moss from outdoor surfaces such as driveways, paths, walls and stone.

Chickweed

Chickweed

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

Mullein

Mullein

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

Cape Weed

Cape Weed

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

Broadleaf Weeds

Broadleaf Weeds

Broadleaf weeds are weeds with leaves that have branched veins.

Grassy weeds

Grassy weeds

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

Tarweed

Tarweed

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

Catsear

Catsear

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

Oxtongue

Oxtongue

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

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...

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...

Hawkbit

Hawkbit

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

Spurrey

Spurrey

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

Parsley Dropwort

Parsley Dropwort

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

Pratia

Pratia

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

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

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

Broom

Broom

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

Speedwell

Speedwell

Speedwells are common garden and waste area annual weeds.

Willows

Willows

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

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.

Storksbill

Storksbill

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

Hydrocotyle

Hydrocotyle

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

Periwinkle

Periwinkle

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

Plantain

Plantain

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

Privet

Privet

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

Daisies

Daisies

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

Dandelion

Dandelion

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

Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew

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

Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle

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

Twin Cress

Twin Cress

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

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...

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...

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.

Clover

Clover

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

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...

Buddleia

Buddleia

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

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

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

Nettle

Nettle

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

Hemlock

Hemlock

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

Dock

Dock

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

Wild Mint

Wild Mint

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

Carrot Weed

Carrot Weed

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

Bindweed

Bindweed

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

Moss

Moss

Growth of moss is usually associated with poor drainage, shade, low nutrient level and/or acidic soil.

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.

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.

Spurge

Spurge

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

Climbing Asparagus

Climbing Asparagus

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

Toadflax

Toadflax

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

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...

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not

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

Mallow

Mallow

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

Banana Passionfruit

Banana Passionfruit

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

Paspalum

Paspalum

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

Madeira Mignonette Vine

Madeira Mignonette Vine

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

Kikuyu

Kikuyu

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

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....

Valerian

Valerian

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

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...

Buttercup

Buttercup

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

Fathen

Fathen

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

Sorrel

Sorrel

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

Jasmine

Jasmine

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

Fireweed

Fireweed

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

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.

Gorse

Gorse

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

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...

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...

Bamboo

Bamboo

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

Liverwort

Liverwort

Liverworts are flat green plants with no stem and a simple thallus (flat leaf-like structure) they are like a fl...

Moth Plant

Moth Plant

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

Polygonum

Polygonum

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

Foxglove

Foxglove

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

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 ...

Fumitory

Fumitory

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

Tree Lupin

Tree Lupin

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

Yarrow

Yarrow

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

Boneseed

Boneseed

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

Lupins

Lupins

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

Ivy

Ivy

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

Selfheal

Selfheal

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

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is an introduced grass that readily becomes weedy.

Lantana

Lantana

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

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...