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Thysanotus patersonii

Twining Fringe-lily

Lightly twining perennial herb with 4-sided stems and fat tuberous roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsparagaceae (syn. Liliaceae, Anthericaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems 0.1-1 m long
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • Leaves1-2 annual thread-like leaves at the base of stem.
  • Flower colourMauve
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersSingle terminal flowers to 15 mm wide with 3 fringed petals.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in foothill forests. Full sun, dappled and semi shade.
  • Garden useBeautiful little twiner that dies back in summer.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusOccurs in many locations but never abundant.
Photographer/s: 1 David Francis, NatureShare ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©; 3 Cathy Powers ©

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