Salpichroa origanifolia (Lam.) Baillon

Pampas Lily-of-the-Valley

Scrambling annual or perennial, rhizomatous herb with older stems square in section. Leaves often 2 per node and unequal in size, more or less ovate, to 2 cm or so long, strongly aromatic. Flowers single or in pairs, hanging on stalks to about 1 cm long. Calyx bell-shaped. Corolla 6-8 mm long, creamy white, the triangular lobes bent back; spring to autumn. Fruit a conical, white to pale yellow, translucent berry to about 2 cm long.


A vigorous groundcover and climber, sometimes grown as an annual.

A widely naturalised plant worldwide. In Australia found in all states except the NT and most common on urban wasteland in SE Australia.

Edible but poorly flavoured fruit. Said to be a good honey plant.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Solanaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Solanales
family       Solanaceae
genus        Salpichroa Miers