Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Monocots
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Terrestrial. Usually coastal areas.
Short-lived perennial herb up to about 60 cm with fleshy-fibrous roots. Leaves are linear up to 25 cm by 4 mm, and densely tufted. White or pale pink flowers are held in racemes to about 20 cm, each petal has conspicuous green or purple mid-vein. Black seeds to about 3.5 mm are held in 5 x 5 mm capsules.
There are several species of Asphodelus cultivated in New Zealand, but A. fistulosus is the only one known to be naturalised.
July, August, September
September, October, November, December
asphodelus: Possibly derived from the Greek a- ‘without’ and sphallo ‘to supplant’, the beautiful flowers not easily surpassed.
fistulosus: From the Latin fistula ‘pipe’, referring to a cylindrical or terete shape which is closed at each end
Reason For Introduction
Spreads from seeds and some vegetative spread.
seed is produced
Tolerates very dry conditions in coastal areas