Sowerbaea juncea – Vanilla lily

A perennial plant that forms a grass like clump, and gets swathes of pale mauve flowers with a beautiful vanilla perfume through spring. It has attractive blue green thin leaves which contrast nicely with the flowers. Likes a sunny position with moist soils for best performance. A great plant for edging ponds, in rockeries and for containers. While it is commonly called a lily, it does not get tubers, but has a fibrous root system. Naturally grows in sandy heathlands from Queensland down to Tasmania.

Scientific Name:Sowerbeae juncea
Family:Asparagaceae
Common Name:Vanilla lily
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:0.4 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:Mauve
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Fragrant
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.