Arthropodium milleflorum – Pale Vanilla Lily

 

A great low maintenance perennial plant with vanilla perfumed flowers from late spring to summer. The blooms are nodding, and can be white, pale pink to pale blue. It is a grass-like plant, and can be grown and flowered in both sun and shade. It will become dormant in dry times, so should be marked with a label so that it doesn’t become a victim of weeding. Drought and frost tolerant, and can survive in heavy shade.
It grows from tuberous roots, which are edible. Indigenous people ate the tubers raw or after roasting them.
Propagate from seed or by division of the tubers.

Family:Anthericaceae
Scientific Name:Arthropodium milleflorum
Common Name:Vanilla Lily
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:White, Blue, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Bulb
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Edible, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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