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|
|Common Name:||Vanilla Lily|
|Plant Type:||Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial|
|Height:||0.4 ~ 0.5 metres|
|Width:||0.2 ~ 0.4 metres|
|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|
|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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