‘Bellarine Pea’, ‘Milkwort’ or Polygala myrtifolia
This woody weed has become so widespread in the Borough of Queenscliffe that many people think it has always been here. The ‘Bellarine Pea’ comes from South Africa.
This shrub, known for its bright purple, pea-like flowers, grows up to 2 to 3 metres high. It is invasive, tough and if left alone will take over! In many parts of our dune system and coastal reserves it has become the dominant plant, however, young plants are easy to pull out by hand.
This plant is crowding out many indigenous species including orchids, wildflowers, shrubs and grasses, reducing biodiversity and habitat for our local birds, insects and mammals.
If you would like to help to eradicate the Bellarine Pea in the Borough, please join the Swan Bay Environment Association Weed blitz on Sunday, November 13th from 9.30am to 11.30am. Meet at Rip View carpark. Wear sturdy shoes and gloves. We will be working in an area behind Point Lonsdale Bowls Club.
For more info contact Greg Parry 0400455009 or Christine Rees 0488587995