Weed out this nasty currant
WHAT IS IT?
Deciduous shrub (1-2m high) with broad, hairy, veined leaves (2-7cm long) divided into 3-8 lobes. Groups of 5-30 red or pink flowers (5-10mm diameter) are produced in early spring, and followed by oval, dark purple berries (1cm long).
WHY IS IT WEEDY?
Flowering currant forms dense stands along waterways and in shrublands, crowding out native species. It sprouts from root crowns, and stems can also take root when they touch the ground, forming new plants. Heavy seed crops occur every second or third year and 45kg of berries will yield about 1.8kg of seed (approx 500,000 seeds) that are spread by birds and small mammals.
WHICH HABITATS IS IT LIKELY TO INVADE?
Open bush areas, forest gaps, dry rocky slopes and disturbed sites from sea level up to just under 2000m. Prefers sun or partial shade.