Capeweed is a low growing, semi upright plant, which means that the stems of the plant don’t grow straight up in the air, they grow out at an angle to the ground to form a rosette. This growth continues until the plant starts to mature and produce flowers, which tend to grow more vertically and can reach up to 30 cm in height.
Capeweed leaves are elongated in shape ranging from 5-25 cm long and 2–6 cm wide, with each leaf broken up into tooth shaped sections that run from the base of the stem to the tip. The leaves themselves can be slightly hairy on the upper surface, with a white felt-like underside.
The flowers are usually around 2–6 cm across with dark purple centres and numerous yellow petals.
Different application methods can be used to treat capeweed depending on the size of the infestation. Small infestations can be physically removed or treated with Vigilant™ II Herbicide by applying to 50% of the leaves of the plant.
For more extensive infestations, use Grazon™ Extra Herbicide as a foliar spray at 1.5mL/1L of water. Over larger areas Statesman 720 Herbicide as a boom spray application can be used at 1.475/2.4L of water per hectare.
Herbicides for control of Capeweed
# Note: Preferred product option in bold. * Consult label for details of growth stage and use, especially where range of rates is given.