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Formosan or Taiwan lily (Lilium formosanum)

Formosan or Taiwan lily (Lilium formosanum )

Lilium formosanum Lilium formosanum

Family: Liliaceae

Status:

Description:
Infestations can be dug out, but the bulb and any small bulbils forming around the old bulb must also be removed and disposed of safely (by burning or deep burial). Removing the flowers as soon as they have finished, before seed production can occur, can buy a bit more time for full removal of the plant, but should not be seen as a long term solution, as one missed flower can result in a lot of seed being released.

Preferred habitat and impacts:
Sunny forest edges often on road verges. Tolerates infertile dry or sandy soils.

Usually a minor weed of roadside bush, but can become quite abundant.

Dispersal:
Seed is spread by wind, water and in contaminated soil or dumped garden waste.

Look-alikes:
Other species of Lilium used as garden plants. No similar natives.

Control:
Infestations can be dug out, but the bulb and any small bulbils forming around the old bulb must also be removed and disposed of safely (by burning or deep burial). Removing the flowers as soon as they have finished, before seed production can occur, can buy a bit more time for full removal of the plant, but should not be seen as a long term solution, as one missed flower can result it a lot of seed being released.