by moth plants
the best way to control the moth plants that are clambering over
flax in my native garden?
pull the moth plants free from the flax and follow it back to its
roots. If you can, dig out the roots and leave the plant to die
in the sun.
Make sure you don't leave
any moth plant fruits lying around, as they can dry out and release
seeds even when the plant is dead. They look like green quinces
and are sometimes mistaken for the edible choko, but moth plant
fruits are toxic.
You should be able to
dig or pull out the root system quite easily, but if it's too hard
you could cut the stem and treat what's left with a herbicide such
as Vigilant or Woody Weedkiller - follow the label instructions.
And be on the lookout for young moth plants cropping up nearby;
pull them out before they get established.
Gardener, Issue 144, 2004, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.