Chocolate-lily, Chocolate Lily, Chocolate Lily., Nodding Chocolate Lily, Nodding Chocolate-lily.
Dichopogon strictus, Arthropodium strictum.
Up to 1m.
Presence in Australia
Widespread through most areas in region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, WA.
Forest, woodland and open country, on wide range of soils and aspects.
Upright herb to about 1m high with tuberous roots. Linear leaves. Dies down to tubers in summer and re-shoots in autumn.
Prefers well-drained to seasonally inundated soils.
Chocolate-scented blue to violet, star-shaped flowers, Aug-Jan. Re-shoots Mar-May.
Dec-Jan. Monitor closely as ripe seeds shed very soon after maturity. Harvest stalks containing capsules by hand or secateurs, and place upside-down in large paper bags. Dry until capsules open fully. Thresh lightly to extract seed.
By division of tubers, or from seed sown autumn. Seeds germinate readily after 2-3 month dormancy. Transplant and/or divide tubers, which may be some distance from rootstock.
Regenerates from seed.
Probably eaten by Kooris.
Excellent adaptable specimen for rockeries, among small shrubs or containers. Plant in groups for best effect. Apply small quantities of native plant fertiliser to encourage growth. Extend flowering by removing stems before seedheads form.
Tubers can be eaten raw, or roasted throughout year.