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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Arthropodium milleflorum
2 synonyms:   Anthericum milleflorum , Phalangium milleflorum
Common Name:pale vanilla lily
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Lily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Popular (home), Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Tubers can be eaten raw or roasted. Flowers can be eaten raw.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Moist
1 m x 30 cm
Foliage:Narrow, flat, spreading, slightly fleshy leaves to 40 cm x 1-25 mm.
Flowers:Pale pink, mauve or white flowers emit a vanilla scent (especially noticeable on warm days). Flowers September-March. Erect branched flowering stem with 2-9 fragrant flowers clustered at nodes, petal and sepal lobes curved back. Anthers and hairs on stamens purple.
Tufted perennial herb with small plump tubers at the end of roots. Plants die down to tuber after flowering. Plant in groups or drifts in small gardens, cottage gardens, rockeries and containers.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Australian National Botanic Garden
  6. iNaturalist
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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