Mile-a-minute is already here but we’re working to get rid of it.
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Mile-a-minute is an evergreen fast growing vine. It smothers and kills most plants from ground level to medium canopy and prevents the establishment of native plant seedlings. It thrives in bare sites and increases nitrogen in poor soil types, potentially changing the species that can grow there.
It is likely to invade forest margins, coastlines, cliffs, shrublands, rocky and limestone areas.
Seeds drop near parent plants and can be spread by birds. However, the spread of mile-a-minute occurs most often from dumped vegetation or infested soil. Originally from South Africa, there are only a few known locations in the Waikato region.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for the control of mile-a-minute. If you think you’ve seen it, call us.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for controlling mile-a-minute – do not attempt to remove it yourself. However, landowners/occupiers are encouraged to report mile-a-minute on their properties. Mile-a-minute is also banned from being sold, propagated, distributed or included in commercial displays.
If you see these weeds on your property, do not cut or treat it. Call 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732) to report them to your local biosecurity pest plant officer.
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