Onion Weed
Blue Grass-lily
Onion Weed (Asphodelus fistulosus)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants
Order: Asparagus (Asparagales)
Family: Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoeaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Onion Weed (Asphodelus fistulosus)
This Photo:     Flower
Other names: NOT MORE ONION WEED ! Onion-leafed Asphodel or Pink Asphodel

Thank you Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
#1 Enemy: Loves 250mm/yr rainfall. We have it under control.
Will decimate an area, regardless of grazing, killing saltbush, zygophylum, etc, as it goes.
Vigorous; will germinate, flower and seed within 3 weeks in spring. 90%+ of seed germinates in first year.
Resilient: never leave removed plants on the ground. They will flower & seed (out of the ground)! Hard to poison. Needs good wetting agent.

We've written a discussion paper on this to help you control your outbreak.
Click here to download (it's about 2.7mb) Updated 11 AM, 06 April 2014

Copyright © 2006-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Apr-2006
This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)