Bass Coast,

Stop the spread of Agapanthus


Whilst getting out in your garden in the summer sunshine, Bass Coast Shire Council is asking residents to keep an eye out for Agapanthus; a common environmental weed around Bass Coast.

It originally comes from South Africa and spreads quickly through bushland reserves.

The seeds are dispersed by birds, wind and water, carried on boots and clothing, and from dumping of garden rubbish in bushland, coastal areas and roadsides.

It has large sky blue or white flowers in summer on one metre high stalks and their thickened fleshy roots perform much the same function as a bulb.

“If you have this weed in your garden, please dig it out by the roots and put in the rubbish bin rather than dispose of it as green waste, as this can lead to further spread of the weed across the Shire,” Council’s Manager Sustainable Environment, Deirdre Griepsma said.

“If you aren’t able to dig it out, the seed heads should be cut off and put in your rubbish bin to limit the amount of seed for dispersal.”