Environmental pests & weeds

There are over 1000 different weeds in South East Queensland. This number grows every year as we introduce more plants into our gardens or industries.

Pests and weed species in natural areas displace local native vegetation and habitats for wildlife. They replace native plants in our forests. Less native plants mean less food for native animals or places for them to live. Lantana (a previous garden favourite) now covers 4 million hectares of Queensland.

The control of pest and weed species on private property is the responsibility of the land owner. The most important thing we can all do is use local native plants in our gardens.

Approximately 65% of invasive plants in Australia have escaped from parks and gardens (Weeds CRC). There are many beautiful native plants suitable for use in our gardens.

Use local native plants

The use of local native plants in any planting is highly recommended because:

  • They are adapted to local conditions
  • They will not become weeds
  • They provide appropriate food for local fauna
  • They provide suitable habitats and microhabitats for local fauna
  • We are preserving the genetic pool of local species

Prominent pest / weed species

Some of the more prominent pest and weed species in the region:

  • Lantana: flowers all year in combinations of pink, yellow and cream
  • Groundsel: flowers in Autumn with small white and cream flowers
  • Exotic pine species: Evergreen, resinous tree with long needle leaves and pine cones
  • Exotic grass species: various species found throughout the district
  • Camphor Laurel: tree with bright green leaves and many small white flowers in early summer
  • Various aquatic weeds, such as salvinia and cabomba

Join the battle against weeds, learn to identify and manage pest species on your property with our Weeds Awareness Information.

Prohibited sales

To help reduce the problem, the State Government has prohibited the sale of a range of pest plants, including Singapore Daisy, Lantana and Asparagus Fern from nurseries and weekend markets.

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