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Photo Credit: BIISC

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  • HPRWA SCORE 12
  • FAMILY Acanthaceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica)

Considered a noxious weed in Florida. It is listed as an invasive weed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and in Hawaii. It tolerates a wide range of soils and growing conditions which gives this plant potential to invade more areas.

  • Perennial, clambering or trailing herb (1 to 3 m in length)
  • Quadrangular stems
  • Opposite leaves
  • Flowers are funnel shaped and range in color from pale yellow to purple

Harm

  • Escapes cultivation into disturbed and natural areas
  • Naturalized on all the main Hawaiian islands
  • Thrives in a variety of environments in Hawai`i and will easily become widely distributed
  • Creates a dense ground cover that can prevent native species or more desirable from growing