Bridal creeper: Have you seen this weed in Brighton?

by Brighton Council

We need your help to eradicate bridal creeper from Brighton. Bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) is one of several ‘asparagus’ weeds. Introduced to Australia as an ornamental garden plant, soil disturbance and birds and animals have spread bridal creeper far and wide.

Bridal creeper is an aggressive, vine-like plant. It grows quickly, forming tall thickets, by climbing over and smothering other vegetation. It’s difficult to control because of its large, dense, and long-lived tubers and root systems. Disturbing the soil can result in tubers or root fragments spreading to new areas, creating new infestations. Birds and animals eating the red fruits also help bridal creeper spread.

In Tasmania, it’s been found in a range of habitats including bushland, roadside reserves and in the gardens of older homes. It’s likely to occur in other locations so we’re asking everyone to be on the lookout.

With at least one sighting of bridal creeper in Brighton, we’re hoping you can help us find out if it is anywhere else. Together, we can eradicate it before it gets a strangle hold. For more information or to report local sightings email raelene.mibus@enviro-dy-namics.com.au or call 6295 3262. Have you tried the iNaturalist app? It’s a great way to help identify and map weeds and other plants and animals – download the app on your smartphone and take a photo of the plant or animal. Share your bridal creeper observation by selecting the Bridal Creeper in Tasmania project. More info at www.inaturalist.org.

Help get rid of Bridal Creeper – Pic Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
Bridal creeper produce clumps of tubers. Each tuber can form a new plant. Pic by Lizzy Doyle.

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