Asparagus asparagoidesCommon name: Bridal Creeper
Distribution: Occurs throughout the southwest from Dongara to Cocklebiddy.
Description: A climbing and sprawling plant with fragrant white and green flowers from August to September. Following flowering, it bears bright red berries that are up to 1 centimetre in diameter.
Notes: Bridal Creeper is a declared plant meaning that landholders are required by law to control this plant on their land. This plant is one of the State’s worst environmental weeds. Biological control agents, a rust, Puccinia myrsiphylli, and a leafhopper, Zygina sp., released since 1999 are showing potential in reducing fruiting and dominance of this weed. The plant is native to South Africa and was introduced as an ornamental.
References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.