Don’t buy, sell or move plants, flowers or foliage that put NSW at risk!
Plants that can harm the environment, economy and communities of NSW are called ‘priority weeds’.
The sale and movement of priority weeds is restricted under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015. Restrictions apply to all parts of the plant, and to cultivars and hybrids.
Find out more in the fact sheet from NSW DPI.
Fact Sheet: No Space for Weeds(PDF, 378KB)
Cacti and Prickly Pear species
Be on the lookout for the prohibited sale or trade of prickly pear cacti.
Easy to propagate from cuttings, cacti are popular plants in household gardens, both indoors and outdoors.
But that same rapid growth can cause widespread devastation in the natural environment.
Barbed bristles and sharp spines on the plants detach easily from the plant and can cause serious injury to people. They can injure, cause infection in, blind and even kill native animals, pets, working dogs and livestock.
Once in the environment, prickly pears can form impenetrable walls of vegetation and cost millions of dollars to control.
Council is calling on anyone who sees these plants for sale to report it.