Boxthorn Control Demonstration Project

African boxthorn (Lycium ferrocissimum) is one of Yorke Peninsula’s most serious and widely distributed pest plants. It is a major problem because it invades native vegetation, alters habitat and overruns pastures and other areas. The dense shrub also provides harbour for pest animals such as rabbits and foxes, and forms impenetrable thickets that outcompete other plants.

In May 2018 Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff held a series of demonstration days between Warooka and Yorketown, where infestations of the plant were treated using a variety of control methods. Farmers and community members attended the demonstrations, updating their knowledge of the stubborn weed and the current best practice control methods available to prevent their spread.

More information on the control methods demonstrated can be found here.

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Lead agency

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke


Naturally Yorke CAP Group, Yorke Peninsula Council, Australian Government

Funding partners

This initiative was funded through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.


More information

  • Naural Resources Northern and Yorke
    155 Main North Road, Clare SA 5453
    8841 3400