Old Man’s Beard (Clematis vitalba) is one of our worst weeds, but also one of our better-known.
It is a climbing vine which can grow to 20 m tall, smothering and killing all plants up to the highest canopy and preventing native plants establishing. Its seed is spread by water or wind, and can be accidentally distributed in roading material and bark.
Project De–Vine is doing a sterling job removing these vines from Golden Bay, but there are still large populations around the Takaka Hill, Marahau and Riwaka that can spread seed into the Park
We keep finding occasional plants within the Park, and so if anyone sights any vines, please let us know. Any assistance provided to Project De–Vine will also help us to protect the Park.