Biosecurity Advisory 08/2024 – Declaration of non-sterile Digitalis species (foxgloves): Tasmanian Government

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania intends to list all sexually reproductive species, sub-species, varieties, hybrids and cultivars of Digitalis species (commonly known as foxgloves).

The Declaration seeks to prevent sale and trade of all foxgloves to prevent further spread within Tasmania and prevent the introduction of new Digitalis species. The proposed declaration is limited to “designated areas” around State Reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and does not affect those with existing foxglove species in gardens outside designated areas.

The Declaration does not include sterile varieties of Digitalis.

Common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is the only naturalised foxglove listed in the Census of the Vascular Plants of Tasmania. The plant is widely grown as a garden ornamental across Tasmania and has become a widespread environmental weed. It is a threat to high conservation values such as Tasmania’s national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Foxglove is also toxic to humans and animals. All parts of the foxglove plant, especially the leaves, are poisonous.

Eradication of common foxglove from all parts of the State is not feasible and its common occurrence as a garden plant would make this difficult.

This declaration aims to strike a balance between protecting important environmental values and agricultural assets, whilst at the same time not diverting resources away from high priority weed species for which eradication is still the target.

Declaration is limited to “designated areas” (areas buffering State Reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area) and “designated purposes” (including specific requirements to control foxglove, in order to protect vulnerable industries or the natural environment, outside designated areas).

Copies of the Statement of Intent will be available on the NRE Tas website Have Your Say – Public Comments Invited | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (nre.tas.gov.au) and submissions are invited for a period of 60 days and should be received by 5:00pm 21 April 2024.

 

 

Biosecurity Tasmania
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
GPO Box 44 HOBART Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3777
Please DO NOT REPLY directly to this Biosecurity Advisory notice.
Please send email enquiries to: biosecurity.tasmania@nre.tas.gov.au
Web nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity

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