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Cape Weed

How To Kill Cape Weed

Cape Weed is an annual herb with light green leaves noticeable with a very large serrated outline, the bottom of the leaves are usually a silvery white colour. Germination begins in Autumn, and the life cycle continues until late Spring or early Summer when it sends out its single yellow flower with a black centre, for pollination and seeding.


Cape Weed Cultural Management

The continuing life cycle of Cape Weed can be controlled by regular mowing whenever its flowers or seed heads are apparent. By constant removal of it's seeds, the weed misses it's only means of reproducing.

Hand pulling is also an easy and effective treatment, as well as hoeing over the small seedlings.


Cape Weed Herbicides

Both Selective and Non Selective Herbicides can be used to easily control Cape Weed. Herbicides are readily available at nurseries in a concentrated form which needs to be diluted with water prior to application by sprayer or watering can.


Prevalent
March - December


Treatment Times
March - May


Botanical Name
Arctotheca calendula


Life Cycle
Annual




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