Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW

Wildflower spotting on the road

During our recent road trip up the northern east coast of NSW, we came across lots of interesting wildflowers alongside the roadside and at the campsites. After getting some help identifying them by the internet and when that failed the really helpful community over on the GardenTags app stepped in like heroes.

Unfortunately, it seemed that all the interesting plants that caught my eye were introduced species and most of them are featured on the invasive species lists. Here’s a roundup.

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW
Ricinus communis. Castor Oil Plant.

I love Ricinus and have tried a few times to get it to grow in Devon. This variety doesn’t have the beautiful bronzed and ruby leaves but had grown into a 6 foot tree in the Hunter Valley.

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW
Senna pendula var glabrata. Easter Cassia.

This tree liked its position adjacent to the creek beside our campsite in Wooyung (just north of Byron Bay).

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW
Euphorbia cyathophora – Painted Spurge. Coastal plant.

The heavy rain didn’t dampen our walk on the beach and the bright bracts on this Euphorbia shined out at Yamba.

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW
Lilium formosanum in a national state forest

We get lots of this Lily in the southern NSW coast growing alongside the road and near woodland.

All is not lost

Naughty of Nice: Noxious Weeds of NSW
Thespesia thespesioides

This shrub seen alongside a creek at a campsite turns out to be native to Western Australia. It’s a relative of the Hibiscus and was looking great in the early morning light.

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