Ovate leaves and buds

Ovate sparsely hairy leaf & stem

Bell-shaped creamy flower

Scientific Name

Salpichroa origanifolia

Common Names

pampas lily-of-the-valley, cock's-eggs


South America



Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a scrambling herb with stout spreading roots and rhizomes. Old stems are square in cross-section.

Leaves are ovate to rhombic shaped, often 2 per node, unequal in size and sparsely hairy.

Flowers are white or creamy and bell-shaped with triangular lobes. Spring to Autumn.

Fruit is broadly-rounded conical berry which is white to pale yellow and translucent.

To remove this plant you need to carefully dig out all rhizomes.

It is often found in moist areas.


Sources & References

"Plantnet FloraOnline"


Prepared by Justin KY Chu, July 2005

Updated by Bev Debrincat, September 2010