Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica subsp. micrantha) is a fast-growing, perennial creeper that forms dense mats. It has bright green triangular or oval leaves and white flowers with purple blotches. It invades bushland, outcompeting native vegetation and reducing habitat and food for native fauna. It also competes with crops and smothers garden plants and lawns.

Chinese Violet poses a significant biosecurity risk to NSW. It is regulated under a Control Order applied under section 62 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 in NSW. For more information go to NSW DPI’s WeedWise website. If you see this plant, call your local council weeds officer 02 6648 4000 or the NSW DPI Biosecurity Helpline 1800 680 244.

Source: GS LLS Landcare & Community News – May 2023