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Pest Plants

There are a number of woody plants growing in the wild in Marlborough and many of these are threatening our native ecosystems and productive agricultural land. With so many weedy plants out there, it is everyone's responsibility to do their bit to minimise their impact.

The following is a list of plant species including declared pest plants where there are legal obligations for landowners and agencies to undertake control and a number of other invasive plants where there is no legal requirement for landowners to intervene, however voluntarily action is encouraged.

Plants that grow in aquatic environments are listed under Aquatic Pests.

  • Kangaroo Grass >

    Kangaroo grass is a containment control pest plant in the Marlborough District Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Madeira Vine >

    Madeira vine is declared a total control pest plant throughout the Marlborough region. It has a limited distribution and density.
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  • Moth Plant >

    Moth plant is declared a total control pest plant throughout the Marlborough region. It has a limited distribution and density.
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  • Mouse-ear Hawkweed >

    Hieracium species are stoloniferous, low growing perennial herbs that originate from Eurasia.
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  • Nassella Tussock >

    Nassella tussock is a containment control pest plant in the Marlborough District Council's Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Nodding Thistle >

    Nodding thistle is a containment control plant pest in the Marlborough District Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Old Man's Beard >

    Old mans beard is a vigorous plant pest that poses an ecological threat to native vegetation in parts of Marlborough.
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  • Pampas Grass Jubata and Selloana >

    Pampas Grass Jubata and Pampas Grass Selloana are large perennial grasses, which grow up to 5 metres tall and originate from South America.
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  • Purple Loosetrife >

    Purple loosestrife is a surveillance pest plant in Marlborough. Council is aware that this pest poses a risk within Marlborough.
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  • Ragwort >

    Ragwort is a containment control plant pest in Marlborough District Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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