More about Old Man’s Beard from the Dunedin City Council

4 07 2008

Old Man's Beard in winter.

Scott Maclean DCC 

smaclean@dcc.govt.nz | 202.49.116.117

Old Mans Beard (Clematis vitalba) should not be confused with the stunning native Clematis, C. paniculata. The easiest way to distinguish the two is the time of flowering. The native Clematis flowers in spring through early summer whilst the invasive Old Mans Beard flowers early autumn and sets it’s feathery seed from late autumn and persists throughout winter. While we do our best to find OMB and treat it, I rely on Dunedin residents informing me of the presence of OMB whenever or where ever they see it. In a nutshell, if you see fluffy seedheads growing on top of the bush in winter call me! 477 4000

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25 07 2008
Jim Blakie

Clematis vitalba has been sprayed and cut back where possible in the area adjacent to the Southern Cemetery. Progressive clearance of the Sycamores in the area is being done in conjunction with replanting in natives. Some Banana Passionfruit is also being dealt with in the same area.

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