Although not declared a pest plant under the Queensland legislation, the snake weed, or Stachytarpheta, is known to invade roadsides and disturbed land, and can be invasive to pastures in wetter areas.
While the roots are used in herbal infusions as a treatment for respiratory problems, the flowers are made into a concentrate to ease constipation in horses. A decoction of the plant is thought to aid in colds, coughs and light headedness.
Parts of the plant are chewed and applied to ease snake bites, insect bites and stings.
last update by M 12/7/2012