Robust, clump-forming perennial <2m high. Stout corms have thick fibrous coat. Upright, sword-like leaves, folded, tough, fibrous & drooping. Brick-red or salmon-pink tubular flowers (Oct-Nov) on long erect stems. Distinctive fruit, shining red-brown cormils replace flowers in the lower part of the inflorescence.
Roadsides, waste places, open shrubland, near settled areas.
Corms and cormils dispersed in water and in mud stuck to animals and machinery.
Forms a dense, pure mass of corms that excludes regeneration of native plants.
Work downhill, downstream & in from edges. Maintain clean roadsides. Follow up annually spring - summer.
1. Dig out small sites only if removal of all cormils possible.
2. Weed wipe spring - summer (1g metsulfuron + 150ml glyphosate + 10ml penetrant/1L).
3. Overall spray after flowering (100ml glyphosate + 10ml penetrant/10L) or spring - summer (3g metsulfuron + 150ml glyphosate + 10ml penetrant/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.