Lesser Cape Lily

Lesser Cape Lily.

Common name

Lesser Cape Lily

Scientific Name

Ornithogalum arabicum

Type of plant

Bulbs or Corms

About this weed

Lesser Cape Lily is another garden escapee from the Mediterranean Region. It was probably grown  for its pure white flowers with black centers on a tall flower stalk.


Another perennial bulb found in bushland close to old settlements. Each bulb produces a spike of pure white flowers with black centres on a stalk 60cm tall. Flowering is usually between September and December.

Impact on Bushland

If left may spread over bushland and impact on native plant communities.


Found in grey sand and along roadsides in the South-West Province. This weed is only sparsely distributed across the Province.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s


Information source


Additional information


Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Lesser Cape Lily images


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