Weed with a velvet touch
Location: Nationwide Distinctive features: leaves are covered in short hairs, giving them a velvety texture Why is it weedy: forms a dense cover of foliage, shading out other plants, then stems take root, forming new plants and creating a dense thicket.
Velvet groundsel is a branchy shrub that grows up to 2.5m wide and high, with mostly reddish, hairy stems. Its large, soft leaves are 10-20cm across, maple leaf in shape with slightly undulating edges, and covered in short hairs, giving them a velvety texture.
Large clusters of small, yellow, daisy-like flowers, with a brownish-yellow centre appear from July to November, followed by fluffy white seedheads.
Velvet groundsel spreads easily, forms new plants from stems, and shades out and suppresses native species and other desirable plants, most commonly in forest margins, bush remnants and wetlands.
Look out for daisy-like flowers