Conyza bonariensis

Flaxleaf fleabane

Other common names:

Fleabane, asthma weed.



Flaxleaf fleabane grows up to 1 metre tall and has erect multiple-branching stems covered with stiff hairs. It's leaves are grey-green in colour, deeply indented, coarsely toothed and are covered in fine hairs (QLD Government, 2012). The weed flowers year-round producing petals at first, which turn into fluffy puff balls (pappus), very similar in appearance to the dandelion weed. Flaxleaf fleabane is a major cropping weed in South East QLD and Northern NSW.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties. The weed is commonly found in disturbed areas, including roadside and high traffic areas.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Weeds should be targeted when young; pesticide resistance has been seen. Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Soil disturbance can create unfavourable germinating conditions.
  • Mechanical: Hand removal of small weed populations.



Queensland Government (2012). Flaxleaf fleabane, A weed best management guide, Northern IWM fact sheet version 03/12, pp. 10 ( accessed 3/01/20).



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Control Options



Surefire Dicamba M


Yates Buffalo Pro Weedkiller Bindii & Clover Concentrate




Surefire Dicamba M