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Patersonia fragilis

Short Purple-flag

Tufted tussocky perennial herb spreading from underground stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyIridaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-60 cm x 40 cm
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow, grooved slightly bluish leaves 20-60 cm x 1-6 mm, round in cross section, tip pointed.
  • Flower colourDeep purple
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersTerminal clusters of 2-6 flowers, 3 outer lobes larger and spreading, 3 inner lobes small, erect. Stems shorter than leaves. Flower clusters surrounded by 2 green to pale brown bracts.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist light soils tolerating swampy conditions for short periods. Moist heathland and open woodland. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive plant for rockeries, water features and bog gardens. Flowers open in the morning and close up by early afternoon.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Richard Hartland ©; 2 Lorraine Phelan, NatureShare ©; 3, 4 Peter Kinchington ©

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