Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley

What is pampas lily-of-the-valley?

(Salpichroa origanifolia)

Pampas Lily of the Valley, photo:  Dean Zeven DPIPWE
  • Pampas lily-of-the-valley is a toxic weed of urban areas.
  • Pampas lily-of-the-valley is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of pampas lily-of-the-valley are prohibited in Tasmania.
  • The legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing with pampas-lily-of-the-valley are laid out in the Statutory Management Plan for Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley.

How to identify pampas lily-of-the-valley

  • Pampas lily-of-the-valley is a perennial (long-lived) herb with trailing, four-cornered zig-zagging stems that may reach 3 m long. The flowers are urn-shaped and white or cream in colour. The fruit is a yellow berry.
  • Seeds germinate in spring to early summer. Flowering occurs at any time but mostly in summer. Above-ground growth is killed off by autumn frosts, with new growth developing from the crown and roots in spring.
Pampas Lily of the Valley, close up of flower and fruit, photo:  Dean Zeven, DPIPWE
Image top: Pampas-lily-of-the-valley, photo: Dean Zeven, DPIPWE
Image above: Pampas-lily-of-the-valley close-up of fruit and flowers, photo: Dean Zeven, DPIPWE

Pampas lily-of-the-valley in Tasmania

  • Pampas lily-of-the-valley occurs as an occasional weed of roadsides and neglected areas in the north-west of Tasmania. Pampas lily-of-the-valley is also occasionally occurs in gardens.
  • Pampas lily-of-the-valley is an urban weed which can smother other vegetation and kill large shrubs and trees.
  • For further help in identifying pampas lily-of-the-valley, search the Dennis Morris Weeds and Endemic Flora database for pampas lily-of-the-valley illustrations. If you are still in doubt about the weed you are dealing with, contact your Regional Weed Management Officer on 1300 368 550 for help.

What is the legal status of pampas lily-of-the-valley in your area?

Detailed management and control guidelines for Pampas lily-of-the-valley can be found in the Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley Control Guide. Refer also to Herbicides for Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley Control. For further information see DPIPWE's Weed Links and Resources.

See also
Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley Control Guide
Herbicides for Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley Control
Statutory Management Plan for Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley
Weed Links and Resources

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