Species category: Broadleaf Weed
Scientific name: Arctotheca calendula
Capeweed – What is it?
Capeweed is an annual broadleaf weed with club shaped cotyledons. It is also commonly called Cape Dandelion.
The first leaves of seedlings are spear shaped. These first leaves grow as a pair; however, subsequent leaves grow singularly. Leaves are green and hairy on top with a much paler underside.
Rosettes can be up to 50-60 cm in diameter when mature. The yellow flowers have an almost ‘daisy-like’ appearance and contain a black centre.
When does Capeweed occur?
Germination occurs in autumn and winter, typically after autumn rains.
What damage or effect will Capeweed have?
It is an incredibly competitive weed which can result in crop yield reduction. A single plant can produce a huge number of seeds.
Capeweed can be noxious to livestock and other animals. The large rosettes are more invasive than other weed species and draw on all soil nutrients. Capeweed can be a hardy weed.