14 Jan Parrot Alstromoeria, Peruvian lily
Spreading in shady sites near the coast, forming dense clumps. Expensive and difficult to remove and takes up native habitat.
Origin: Central and South America
Habit: Erect perennial with numerous unbranched stems with spoonshaped leaves to 1 m high. Tuberous underground roots.
Leaves: Twisting from base
Flowers: Loose clusters 4-5cm across, red and green with black spots, at tops of stems. Fruit a capsule.
Fruit: Is a capsule
Roots: Slender rhizomes becoming crowns and tubers.
Dispersal: Underground tubers spread underground. Fruit possibly eaten and spread by birds and or insects.
Control: Remove the entire plant including the roots. Cut individual stems near ground and paint with full strength herbicide. Follow up required.