Bridal Creeper

What is bridal creeper?

(Asparagus asparagoides)
Bridal CreeperGeneric Weed Distribution Map
  • Bridal creeper is a serious environmental weed.
  • Bridal creeper is a declared weed under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of bridal creeper are prohibited in Tasmania.
  • Bridal creeper is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS)‚Äč.

How to identify bridal creeper

  • Bridal creeper is a climbing, perennial (long-lived) herb growing to 3 m high when supported, with the ability to vigorously smother other vegetation, and can interfere with horticulture.
  • The stems are slender and branching, and change their growth direction at each node, ('zig-zagging'). Leaves are sharply pointed and glossy green with parallel veins. Flowers are small and greenish white that produce small sticky berries that ripen to dark red in late spring. Bridal creeper has a short thick rhizome (underground stem) which gives rise to a mass of tuberous roots.
  • Germination is in autumn or early winter, and the first tubers form after about 9 weeks. Flowering begins in August or September. Growth ceases during hot weather and plants can become dormant over the summer, often losing their foliage, and begin growing again in autumn. Plants survive the summer provided at least one tuber has formed.

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Image top right: Bridal creeper (Image: Tim Rudman)
Image above left: Bridal creeper
Image above middle: Bridal creeper (Image: DPIPWE)
Image above right: Bridal creeper (Image: Tim Rudman)

Bridal creeper in Tasmania

  • Bridal creeper is found mostly in northern Tasmania on or near the coast (see map). The most severe Tasmanian infestations occur in the Tamar Valley, on Flinders Island, and on the east coast. Smaller infestations occur in coastal areas between Devonport and Burnie and in southern Tasmania around Hobart.
  • Bridal creeper often occurs in moist gullies and waste areas near human habitation, and can invade native vegetation including dry forest and coastal heath. Dense infestations smother native vegetation and weaken trees. The thick mat of underground tubers also inhibits the root growth of other plants and prevents native plants from re-establishing.

What is the legal status of bridal creeper in your area?

The legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing with bridal creeper are laid out in the Statutory Weed Management Plan for Bridal Creeper.

Use Table 1 (Zone A municipalities) in the Statutory Weed Management Plan for Bridal Creeper to find out whether your area falls in an eradication or containment zone.

Detailed management and control guidelines for bridal creeper can be found in the Bridal Creeper Control Guide. Refer also to Herbicides for Bridal Creeper. For further information see DPIPWE's Weed Links and Resources.

See also
Bridal Creeper Control Guide
Herbicides for Bridal Creeper control
Statutory Weed Management Plan for Bridal Creeper
Weed Links and Resources

Other useful links
Pest Genie

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