Type of weed: Herbaceous weed
A perennial herb to 1 m high.
Leaves are notched near the apex, 2–15 cm long, succulent (fleshy), without a stalk (sessile).
Plants have a flat-topped cluster of drooping, bell-shaped, orange-red to scarlet, four-lobed flowers, 2–3 cm long. It flowers mainly winter to spring. The plant is conspicuous when it flowers.
The fruit is a dry capsule containing many seeds.
The plant is like a chameleon; it is green coloured if growing in grass and brown coloured if growing in rocky areas.
Mother of Millions is toxic when ingested by livestock; it is also poisonous to humans and household pets.
By seed and from every part of the cylindrical leaves.
Impact on bushland
The plant spreads easily and invades bushland, forming a thick carpet.
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.
A well planned approach is needed to treat this weed and ensure it is not spread further during treatment or disposal. Follow-up treatment is needed for many years.
- Hand remove plants carefully, loosening the soil with a knife or trowel. Ensure all pieces are removed and disposed of.
- Spray with herbicide when plants are actively growing. Treatment is not always completely successful; monitor and regular follow-up is required.