Vines & Scramblers

Pampas Lily of the Valley

Salpichroa origanifolia

Pampas Lily grows in full shade or sun, sand or wetlands, and tolerates long dry periods. It grows rapidly and can completely smother other vegetation. Once established, the plant is difficult to remove.
  • Family Solanaceae
  • Origin South America
  • Habit A scrambling or climbing perennial herb.
  • Leaves Oval shaped leaves are unequal in size, shortly hairy, with leaf stalks about the same length as the leaf blades.
  • Flowers Bell-shaped whitish flowers 6 - 8mm long, form at the leaf axils.
  • Fruit Smooth yellow berry when ripe, containing about twenty brown to pale yellow flattened seeds. The plant has a thick, woody, extensive mostly horizontal root system, which can be up to 1 metre deep.
  • Roots Extensive horizontal woody root system (up to 1 m depth)
  • Dispersal Reproduces from seed and root segments, which are spread by birds and machinery.
  • Control Seedlings can be removed by hand. Mature plants have horizontal roots up to 3m long and 1m deep. They can be removed by persistent digging over several seasons. Fruit should be cut and bagged. Permits to use chemicals are being sought.

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