Velvetleaf Farm Management - MPI Guide

Velvetleaf is an annual broad-leaved weed that grows up to 2.5 metres tall. Its flowers are about 3cm across, and are present from spring through autumn. The plant has distinctive seedpods, about 2.5cm in diameter.

Velvetleaf is mainly spread by stock and agricultural machinery. Good on-farm 
biosecurity management will help control this pest into the future. A velvetleaf farm management plan has been developed (available here: www.mpi.govt.nz/alerts), that contains guidelines for:

  • machinery hygiene;
  • feed management;
  • stock movement;
  • future management of affected areas; and
  • re-inspection in future growing seasons.

For more - please see the full factsheet​