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Chocolate Lily

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Kevin Sparrow
Arthropodium strictum

A small delicate native lily that has a distinctive chocolate perfume on a warm day, that grows to 0.2-0.3 metres tall. It is a tufted perennial herb with tubers at the end of its roots, grass-like leaves and deep pink or mauve flowers from October to December. This is a great species for mass plantings, amongst rocks or in cottage gardens and can also be  grown in containers. It will grow well under trees, in well drained soils in grassy areas in full sun and semi-shade. The leaves die down to dormant fleshy rootstock during the dry season, after flowering, and commence regrowth following autumn rains. Indigenous peoples used the nutritious tubers of this plant as food. 

Perennial herb
0 - 0.5m
Flowering Time: 
Water Requirement: 
Heavy and Clay soil
Sandy Soil
Acidic Soils
Biodiversity Benefits: 
Lizard Habitat
Plant Origin: 
Local Native
Natural Occurence: 
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