Bridal creeper control

Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 - 3:27pm

Control methods for bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides), a declared pest in Western Australia.

Information about this pest can be found on the bridal creeper: declared pest page.

Chemical requirements

When using any agricultural chemicals please ensure that you always follow instructions on the label and any permit. Users of agricultural chemical products must always strictly comply with the directions on the label and the conditions of any permit. To view permits or product labels go to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website.

Chemical control options

Chemical control options can be found below. For other methods of control please refer to the aquatic weed control page, and the declared plant control handbook.

Recommended herbicides

  • Metsulfuron
  • Glyphosate

Herbicide: Metsulfuron (Group B) (various trade names: see APVMA link)

Active ingredient

600g/kg metsulfuron methyl

Rate of product/10L water

  • 0.5g registered
  • 0.02g recommended for bushland treatment as this causes minimal damage to other vegetation

Time of application

Mid–June to late August. Follow up treatment required for a couple of seasons.

Wetting agent

Pulse at 2mL/L

Remarks

  • The low rate can be applied by mister or by hand held spray equipment
  • Multiple stems or greater than 25cm diameter, 2mL/cut at same spacing
  • Biological control using the rust Puccinia myrsiphylli is very effective in the higher rainfall areas
  • A closely related species, bridal veil is not as susceptible to the herbicide or biological control and is taking the place of bridal creeper. The higher rate will control this species but will do considerable damage to other vegetation.

Herbicide: Glyphosate (Group M) (various trade names: see APVMA link)

Active ingredient

Glyphosate 360g/L

Rate of product

1:2 parts with water. Apply directly to plant using a sponge glove. While this is very selective method it is very slow to apply and is very slow to act in the plant. Retreatment will be necessary.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080