Native to Burma, Persian shield was introduced to Queensland as a garden plant.
Native to tropical Americas, West Indies and Africa Balloon vine is named for its fruits, which are inflated capsules with pointed tips. When mature, these balloon-shaped capsules split and release the three black heart-shaped seeds encased within.Balloon vine is densely growing and can climb up to 8m high in the canopy. The main mode of climbing is via extensive tendrils, which twirl around supporting structure and other plants smothering them
|Scientific name||Strobilanthes dyerianus|
|Habitat||Native to Burma.|
The best form of weed control is prevention. Treat weed infestations when they are small - do not allow weeds to establish.
See the Persian shield fact sheet (PDF, 153KB) for herbicide control and application rates.