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Arthropodium strictum

Chocolate Lily

Tufted perennial herb with tubers at the end of roots. Persistent leaf fibres around base of plant. Plants die down to rootstock in summer.

Additional information

  • SynonymDichopogon strictus
  • FamilyAsparagaceae (syn. Liliaceae, Anthericaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.2-1 m x 0.2-0.8 m
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow, flat, slightly channelled leaves 10-60 cm x 1-10 mm.
  • Flower colourDeep pink to mauve
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersErect branched flowering stem with single fragrant flowers on erect stalks to 35 mm long, petal and sepal lobes spreading. Anthers purple with bright yellow appendages.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in grassy areas, woodlands and open forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden usePlant in groups or drifts in small gardens, cottage gardens, rockeries and containers. Grow well under trees. Chocolate fragrance is very obvious.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tubers, raw or roasted
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 5 Peter Kinchington ©; 3 David Blair ©; 4 SYR library ©

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