13 January 2023
𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀Formosa Lily, Formosan Lily, Taiwanese lily, Taiwan lily, Trumpet lily, St Joseph’s lily
𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻Tall stems, 1-2m tall, with elongated green leaves that alternate up the stem. Stems emerge in early summer from bulbs or seeds and flowers appear midsummer. Large, white, trumpet shaped flowers with 6 petals, are situated on the upper part of the stem, often with multiple flowers present. Pure white and heavily scented on the inside and showcasing slight pink or purple stripes on the outside. The flowers turn into long cylindrical seedpods (5-9cm long) containing winged seeds that disperse upon opening.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱?They grow from bulbs in the soil, as well as from the millions of winged seeds that they produce.
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲?Their ability to spread prolifically and on the air allows them to establish throughout paddocks, bushland, in gardens etc and compete with native species for water, nutrients and sunlight Where are you likely to find it?Island wide
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗜 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹 𝗶𝘁?1. Picking the flowers is a great start as this stops the seeds from developing.2.Digging up the bulbs and burning the whole plant (flower, bulbs, seedpods) or dropping them to the Waste Management Centre to be HOT composted.3. Over spray: Metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (Brush-Off) 5g/10L water plus 50mL Glyphosate 360 g/L.4.Basal Bark application with 300mL Garlon with 20L Diesel.