Call to report sightings of pompom weed in the Durban area

This plant is a categorised invasive alien species, which aggressively invades indigenous grasslands in South Africa. It is a perennial herb from the Asteraceae family that originates from central and south America. It has dense clusters of pink, fluffy flower heads and leaves which are concentrated on the base of the plant. The light green l eaves a re lance-shaped, with serrated margins. Pompom Weed flowers between December and March. It spreads easily by seed but can also regenerate from underground rhizomes.