Growth Habit: Wandering Jew is an aggressive scrambling creeper that can smother other plants as it forms a mat-like cover of the ground it occupies. It has smooth, dark green leaves.
Type of Plant: Sprawling, fleshy, perennial plant that may also produce erect stems.
Flowers: Small, white three petalled flowers which appear in summer in clusters at the end of the stems. These flowers have yellow tipped stamens.
Dispersal: It has trailing succulent stems which root at the nodes and form new plants. It can also reproduce from stem fragments broken from the parent plant.
Distribution: A garden escapee which thrives in moist, shady places.
Status: Undeclared in Tasmania
- It competes with other species as it dominates the soil surface.
- Well known to cause allergic reactions to dogs.
For further information contact the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Tasmania.
- Grubbing. Take care to remove entire plant. To dispose, burn or place in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal. Do not dump as this plant can reroot after initial removal and can cause serious problems in natural areas.
- Herbicide. Spot spray. Herbicides registered in Tasmania include metsulfuron and glyphosate.
N.B. Always check the herbicide label before use.