Type of weed: Climber, scrambler or groundcover
Leaves are dark-green and shiny above, dull grey-green below, square at the base with a long tip.
Flowers are creamy-white to pale pink flowers in clusters in spring and summer.
Fruit is choko-like that splits to release thousands of fly-away dandelion-like seeds.
Milky sap can irritate skin.
Moth Vine can be confused with native climbers such as Milk Vine (Marsdenia rostrata) and Monkey Rope Vine (Parsonsia straminea).
Impact on bushland
Moth Vine produces thousands of seeds and therefore an area can be invaded by masses of seedlings. The vine climbs high into trees and smothers the plant.
- Wonga Wonga Vine (Pandorea pandorana)
- Water Vine (Cissus antarctica)
- Old Man’s Beard (Clematis aristata)
NB: NOT Clematis cultivars – these can also be environmental weeds.
Council provides a tool, on its Mountain Landscapes website, to help you choose native alternative plantings. Choose your village, soil, vegetation community and the purpose of your planting, and the tool will give you suggestions.
Moth Vine cannot be sprayed. Hand pull young plants. Scrape and paint is the most effective control technique. Bag any fruit and remove from the site.
For key points on these techniques: