It’s pretty, but it’s a weed

Ian Higgins identified this flower as a Gladiolus specie, probably G.undulatus. It is a weed that several FOBIF members found growing in great numbers beside a roadside in Sutton Grange. Unfortunately, as in the case of GazaniasGladiolus undulatus, it is still sold in nurseries.

Gladiolus. Photo by Bronwyn Silver, 29 December, 2010

Apart from their effect on bushland, weeds cost Australian agriculture $4 billion a year in decreased productivity and management costs. 65% are escapes from gardens and parks (Ref: For more information and discussion about the impact of weeds on our bushlands see the Natural Newstead site.

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