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Arthropodium strictum|Chocolate Lily

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Tufted perennial herb with tubers at the end of roots. Persistent leaf fibres around base of plant. Plants die down to rootstock in summer.
Size (W x H)
0.2-0.8m x 0.2-1m
Narrow, flat, slightly channelled leaves 10-60cm x 1-10mm.
Erect branched flowering stem with single fragrant flowers on erect stalks to 35mm long, petal and sepal lobes spreading. Anthers purple with bright yellow appendages.
Flower colour
Deep pink to mauve
Flower time
September to December
Growing conditions
Well drained soils in grassy areas, woodlands and open forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi-shade.
Commonly used for
Plant in groups or drifts in small gardens, cottage gardens, rockeries and containers. Grow well under trees. Chocolate fragrance is very obvious.
Available at indigenous nursery
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory