Caesia calliantha

Blue Grass-lily

Tufted perennial herb with fibrous roots ending in thick tubers.

Additional information

  • SynonymCaesia vittata
  • FamilyAsphodelaceae (syn. Hemerocallidaceae, Liliaceae, Anthericaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-70 cm x 10-50 cm
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow flat bluish leaves 8-50 cm x 3-15 mm, shiny green below, upright to spreading. Leaves die off annually after flowering.
  • Flower colourBlue to purplish with darker veins
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersStout, erect flowering stem with leafy bracts, occasionally branched. Star-like flowers to 20 mm wide, in clusters of 2-3. Petals tightly spiralled after flowering.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWinter moist, summer dry soils in grassy forests. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useRockery or cottage garden plant, attractive planted in drifts. Flowering is improved with summer moisture.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common to the west of Melbourne.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tubers
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 Barry Sheffield ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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