Australian Native - Chocolate Lily - Arthropodium strictum

Australian Native - Chocolate Lily - Arthropodium strictum

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Chocolate Lily is also known as Nodding Chocolate Lily, Arthropodium strictum) is a small delicate Native Lily with a delicious perfume of chocolate from the flowers.

It has edible tubers which usually grow to around 3.5cm in length, around 15cm below the surface. Raw tubers are slightly sweet and best eaten when young, as they can become a little bitter over time.  These tubers can be eaten raw or cooked. The fragrant flowers are also edible, and may be added to salads or used as decorative toppings for cakes, biscuits and other delicacies.

The tubers are ready for harvest when the plant is in flower (September — December), producing blue-violet flowers that smell like chocolate. If left unharvested, the plant will remain briefly dormant over late Summer and re-shoot the following Autumn.

Chocolate Lily is found in sandy soil areas with low rainfall, but for best results in the home garden, use a rich and loamy soil, and water well when the plant re-shoots. Grow in full sun or part shade in a garden bed or pot at least 20cm deep, allowing room for the tubers to develop.

Looks beautiful as a mass planting.

Sow in Autumn, seed is dormant at high temperatures. Smoke treatment may be beneficial. Germination approx. 4 - 8 weeks.

5 seeds per packet