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Thysanotus tuberosus ssp. tuberosus

Common Fringe-lily

Tufted perennial herb with plump oval tubers at ends of roots.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsparagaceae (syn. Liliaceae, Anthericaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-60 cm x 15-20 cm
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesNarrow, erect greyish grass-like leaves 15-50 cm x 2-4 mm, channelled especially near base.
  • Flower colourMauve
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersErect branched umbrella-like flowerhead of 1-8 flowers to 35 mm wide, 3 petals fringed. Flowers open in the morning and close by midday.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in open forest and heaths. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive herb which withers after flowering. Plant in drifts under trees or en masse as a spring flowering bedding plant.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tubers, leaves, flowers
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 Healesville Sanctuary ©; 3 Cathy Powers ©

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