Story: Weeds of the bush

German ivy

German ivy

Originally from South Africa, German ivy (Senecio mikanioides) smothers small trees and low-growing vegetation. It grows 3–5 metres high, and prevents native seedlings from establishing themselves. It is often the first exotic vine to appear on bush edges, and will support more aggressive or taller vines such as Japanese honeysuckle and blue morning glory.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Vines and scramblers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016