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Burchardia umbellata|Milkmaids

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Perennial herb with a corm and tuberous roots. Plant dies down after flowering.
Size (W x H)
10-65cm high
1-2 narrow, fleshy channelled basal leaves 10-30cm x 3-6mm. Leaf-like bracts on flowering stem.
Terminal cluster of 2-9 honey-scented flowers to 30mm wide. Anthers pink or purple. Erect triangular seed capsules remain on plant after seed shed.
Flower colour
White, often pink on outside
Flower time
September to December
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils in heathland and open forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
Attractive little plant for drifts amongst trees with a light canopy, in rockeries or in containers.
Available at indigenous nursery
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory