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.
|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|
|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-
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