Erect annual, herb, 0.1-1 m high. Fl. purple/red/pink/yellow, Sep to Dec or Jan to Mar. White or grey sand. Coastal dunes & cliffs.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions: Fitzgerald, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions: Coorong, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Augusta-Margaret River, Busselton, Denmark, Mandurah, Manjimup, Nannup, Nedlands.
Alternative Names. Purple Groundsel, Purple Ragwort, Wild Cineraria.
General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind, garden waste, plantings.
Notes. Only persists in disturbed sites. Naturalised in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Seed germinates freely in autumn with the onset of winter rains. Increased salinity decreases germination rates and time.
Additional information. Origin. South Africa, Cape Province. History of use/introduction. Ornamental.
Suggested method of management and control. Hand remove isolated/small populations. Otherwise apply Lontrel® at 10 ml/10 L + wetting agent before stem elongation in late spring. 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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