Bryophyllum spp.


Other common names:

Common mother of millions, pregnant plant.



There are 5 common species of Bryophyllum spp. weed seen. The two most prevalent species are Bryophyllum x houghtonii and Bryophyllum delagoense (pictured above). The weed was introduced as an ornamental plant. The weed has distinct grey fleshy leaves and pink/red flowers. The invasive weed when ingested by humans, pets or cattle are toxic. The weed reproduces by seed and plantlets.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: Refer to references sections below. Repeat herbicide applications may be necessary. See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): South African citrus thrip. Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: For areas of small infestation hand removal can be undertaken. Plants are to be bagged and disposed of accordingly.



The State of Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2016. Mother-of-Millions, 4 p.



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