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Glory Lily


Glory lily (Gloriosa superba) is a beautiful yet toxic plant that can quickly invade coastal ecosystems including sand dunes, heathlands and coastal forests.

Glory lily is a native of Africa and Asia. It has been cultivated in Australia as an ornamental plant, but has become invasive along coastal sand dunes, headlands and littoral rainforests. It may be found in home gardens as an ornamental, though is banned from sale in NSW. Glory lily is a weed of dune systems and the understorey of coastal forests. It grows in well drained soils and can quickly dominate if it is present with Bitou bush, once Bitou is removed. It is often spread by dumping of garden waste in bushland.

If left uncontrolled it:

  • forms dense carpets through the understorey
  • out-competes native plants
  • creates a poisoning risk to humans and native fauna
  • reduces land productivity and is extremely difficult to control


Due to it's high toxicity, the weed is highly dangerous to humans and cattle if ingested.

What can I do?

Dumping garden waste in bushland and allowing these garden plants to spread out of control creates a major threat of further infestations. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is part of an exclusion zone for Glory lily, meaning that all existing plants should be eradicated. Glory lily should not be traded, carried, grown or released into the environment, and is banned from sale.

Effective management programs should aim at using alternate species and safe disposal of garden refuse.

For advice on safe and effective removal of Glory lily you are encouraged to contact Councils Biosecurity Officer via phone on (02) 6581 8111 or via email at council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

This page was last updated on: 17 June 2020