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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Arthropodium strictum
synonym:   Dichopogon strictus
Common Name:chocolate lily
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Lily, Grass Like / Strappy, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Nature Strip, Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Tubers can be eaten raw or roasted but the chocolate scented flowers are not edible.  The tubers are juicy and slightly bitter in taste.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
0.2-1.2 m x 20-80 cm
Foliage:Grass-like, narrow, flat, slightly channelled leaves 10-60 cm x 1-10 mm.
Flowers:The scent of the deep pink to mauve-Violet flowers resembles chocolate, caramel or vanilla. Erect branched flowering stem with single fragrant flowers on erect stalks to 35 mm long, petal and sepal lobes spreading. Anthers purple with bright yellow appendages. September-December
Dies down after flowering. Frost tolerant. Plant in groups or drifts in small gardens, cottage gardens, rockeries and containers. Grows well under trees.

  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. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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