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Bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) weed management guide

Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3203 8

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About the guide

Bridal creeper is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts. Bridal creeper entered the country as a garden plant and is now a major weed of bushland in southern Australia, where its climbing stems and foliage smother native plants. It forms a thick mat of underground tubers which impedes the root growth of other plants and often prevents seedling establishment. Rare native plants, such as the rice flower Pimelea spicata, are threatened with extinction by bridal creeper.

Bridal creeper is a major weed of bushland in southern Australia, where its climbing vegetation smothers native plants. It invades undisturbed habitats and is a major threat to most low shrubs and groundcover plants in mallee, dry sclerophyll forest and heath vegetation. In South Australia and southwestern Western Australia bridal creeper is considered the most important weed threat to biodiversity.

It also causes losses to primary industries (eg by shading citrus and avocado trees and interfering with fruit picking), especially in the Murray River irrigation area.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed management arrangements page.

Contact details

Shauna Potter
National Coordinator Bridal Creeper
Biosecurity SA
GPO Box 1671, ADELAIDE, SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8303 9748 Fax: (08) 8303 9555 Mobile: 0428 100 951

Extent in Australia Potential distribution
WA, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS Could further expand in current locations; plus QLD, ACT
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