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Genus: Asphodelus (asphodels)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales> Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Two species cultivated in southern Africa. Previously in the Asphodelaceae, which has been sunk under Xanthorrhoeaceae.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Asphodelus fistulosus (Onionweed, Onion-leaved asphodel, Pink asphodel)

Native from southwestern Europe through to India. An invasive weed in the USA. See Wikipedia.


Asphodelus tenuifolius

Native from the Canary Islands and Europe through to India.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.