Growth Habit: This prostate and scrambling plant has solid, hairless, grey/ green stems that can reach 1m in length. A single plant can cover one square metre. Foliage is soft and carrot-like.
Type of Plant: Fumitory is a climbing annual herb.
Flowers: Flowers occur in clusters of 10 to 15. They are tubular, pink with a blackish tip.
Fruit/Seed: Small, smooth fruits are produced on a short stalk. The fruits contain several tiny seeds.
Dispersal: Reproduces from seed with germination in autumn and spring.
Distribution: Fumitory most commonly occurs in crops, run down pastures, roadsides, home gardens and waste places.
Status: Undeclared in Tasmania.
- It may compete strongly with crops, particularly cereals, vegetable and legume crops.
For further information contact the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Tasmania.
- Grubbing (autumn, winter and spring). Small areas eg. Home garden. Ensure the taproot is removed.
- Grazing (autumn, winter and spring). Block grazing with sheep is useful in controlling weeds such as fumitory. Avoid overgrazing.
- Herbicide (autumn, winter and spring). Herbicides registered in Tasmania include metsulfuron, glyphosate, dicamba, MCPA and mecoprop.
N.B. Always check the herbicide label before use.