What does it look like?
A medium-sized shrub, growing between one and three metres high. Its leaves are cuneate (wedge-shaped) with a narrow base, 5-40 mm in length and 2-11 mm in width. The pea flowers, which appear in dense terminal heads in spring and summer, are yellow with red markings. The pods which follow are flattened and 5-7 mm long.
It prefers dry, slightly shaded and sheltered positions.
Why is it a problem?
Bush pea is an environmental weed that invades the habitat of many of our forest border natives. Its population has reached the point at which it is growing rapidly and expanding its area
- Pull out seedlings and small plants allow to dry out and rot in situ
- Cut and stump treat with glyphosate gel or metgel or 250ml glyphosate per 1L water.
- Spray with 5g metsulfuron- methyl (600g/kg) +penetrant per 10L water. Take care as this herbicide can translocate in the soil.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.