Other Common names: Chocolate vine, Five-leaved akebia
Synonyms: Rajania quinata
Akebia is a twining vine or ground cover, with leaves of five oval shaped leaflets (3 cm) which meet at a central juncture. It has chocolate-purple coloured flowers, which have an odour that is similar to chocolate or vanilla, and appear from August to October in New Zealand.
Akebia can form dense patches which outcompete and kill ground cover and shrubs/young trees. Birds can spread the seeds, but mostly this plant is spread by human activity.
What to do
Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and the responsibility for control and/or advice on control.
Or visit Weedbusters for more information on control.
Page last updated: 14 March 2013