This taxon has been called Caesia vittata in many previous publications dealing with plants of southeastern Australia. There are problems with typification and application of the name Caesia vittata, but it is here treated as a synonym of Caesia parviflora[
Caesia vittata auct. non R.Br.
Common Name: Blue Grass Lily
Caesia calliantha is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing a cluster of grass-like leaves 8 - 50cm long and flowering stems 15 - 70cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales
Usually grows in the grassy understorey of sclerophyll forest on damp sandy or clay soils[
]. Loamy soils or open woods in all parts of the country.
Caesia calliantha can tolerate short-lived temperatures down to around -7Â°c in its native environment[
Plants are likely to require a well-drained soil in a sunny position and some sort of protection in the winter.
This species is considered to be no more than a variety of Caesia parviflora by some botanists[
Root. We have no more details other than that the roots are fibrous and grasslike with tubers 10 - 40mm long at their tips[
Seed - we have no details on this species but suggest that it can be sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in the spring in a warm greenhouse. Sow the seed thinly and grow the plants on in the seed pot for their first year, giving liquid feeds if necessary. Pot the plants up into individual pots in early spring and grow them on in the greenhouse for a second year before planting them out in early summer.