Milkmaids, Star-of-Bethlehem, Milkmaids.
Up to 0.5m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread. Less common in higher rainfall areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Swamps and heaths.
Small tufted perennial herb or lily with 1 or 2 inconspicuous basal leaves and stem to 50cm high. Dies down after flowering and re-shoots. Roots are tapering, carrot-like and available year-round.
Prefers open position in well-drained soil. Tolerates drought and frost. Resents poor drainage but accepts semi-shade.
White and reddish honey-scented star-shaped flowers, Sep-Dec. Reshoots in Mar-May.
Late Nov to early Feb. Monitor closely as mature seeds shed within 3-14 days.
From seed sown in autumn. Has 2-3 month after-ripening period. Smoking seed enhances germination. Seedlings may grow poorly. Adding soil from beneath parent plants should improve growth.
Kooris ate tuberous starchy roots.
Very attractive, fragrant ornamental for rockeries, containers and informal garden drifts. Plant in groups for best effect.
Watering during flowering is beneficial. Watering dormant plants rots tubers.