Green goddess lilyGreen goddess lily

Common name: Green goddess lily
Botanical name: Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Green goddess’
Management category: Advisory

Originally from South Africa. It was introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental species and was recorded as naturalised in 2002.

Why is it a pest?

  • Forms dense ground cover in open sites, shading out native plants and preventing the establishment of native plants.
  • Tolerates a wide range of conditions and is drought-resistant once established.

Where is it found?

  • Swamps, river banks, open damp areas with high lights to part shade, regenerating ex-pasture.
  • Found throughout the Bay of Plenty region.

What does it look like?

  • A clump-forming, evergreen perennial which grows from tubers.
  • Large glossy, leathery, dark green, arrow shaped leaves with pale fine veins and wavy margins held up by upright stalks.
  • Yellow finger-like spikes surrounded by large, greenish-white, funnel shaped leaves.
  • These form a flower-like structure that is followed by round green or yellow berries on the flower stalk after the leaves die back.

What are the rules?


Council does not enforce the control of advisory species. It is landowner/occupier responsibility to manage these pests. Council may provide advice on how to manage or control advisory species if required.

How do you get rid of it?

  • Dig-out (all year) – remove all pieces of root.
  • Cut and Paste (all year) – Metsulfuron + Glyphosate.
  • Spray (all year) – Metsulfuron + Glyphosate.


CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and directions for the purchase, use and storage of the product, are followed and adhered to.

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