Climber. Fl. purple-blue-pink, Feb to Dec. Commonly grown in gardens, apparently naturalised.
Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province, South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Dampierland, Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions: Geraldton Hills, Perth, Pindanland.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Bassendean, Bayswater, Broome, Cambridge, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Mandurah, Melville, Perth, South Perth, Stirling, Victoria Park, Wanneroo.
General Biology. Growth form. Vine. Reproduction. Seed, stem rooting, stolons. Dispersal. Wind, water, garden refuse. Time to first flowering. 1 year. Vegetative regeneration strategy. coppices/resprouts,stem layering.
Notes. Smothers vegetation.
Additional information. Origin. India, tropical Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar exotic species. Ipomoea indica, Ipomoea purpurea, Ipomoea hederacea, Merremia dissecta.
Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull seedlings, ensuring removal of all root material and all stem material in contact with soil; severe vines at base and leave to dry in canopy; cut thin vines at chest height, then lie lower sections on ground and apply herbicide spray; for thicker vines, scrape and paint stem - 20-100% glyphosate; monitor for next 2 years Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.
Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.
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