Scrambling Lily


General description

Evergreen perennial climber < 12 m. Stems are green, wiry and self-supporting, reaching low branches before winding around the host plant. Leaves have a raised central vein and are dull green, stiff, < 8 x 1 cm and absent from stems in full shade. Flowers are white/purplish-green with clusters of bright yellow anthers. Fruit is spherical, < 1 cm in diameter and green turning black.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell scrambling lily within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant scrambling lily within the Auckland region.
Auckland Council will control scrambling lily at all sites where it is known to occur.

If you see scrambling lily anywhere in the Auckland region, please report it to Auckland Council at

Forest, woodlands, potentially riparian margins.

Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from suckering and rhizome fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Forms dense infestations and strangles host plants.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Asparagus asparagoides

Smilax leaves are shorter, wider and more tightly bunched on the stems. Leaves are glossy and berries are red.

RPMP status

Whole region (Eradication)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Scrambling lily - Main species image