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Useful Temperate Plants

Caesia parviflora

R.Br.

Xanthorrhoeaceae

+ Synonyms

Bidwillia glaucescens Herb.

Caesia cyanea A.Cunn. ex Baker

Caesia dichotomizans Gand.

Caesia vittata R.Br.

Common Name: Blue Grass Lily

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General Information

Caesia parviflora is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of grass-like leaves from a branched rhizome with more or less fleshy to narrowly tuberous roots. The plant grows 10 - 55cm tall[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.

Range

Australia - Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland

Habitat

Grows in heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone-derived soils[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
]. Found in a range of open habitats[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
]. Found in more or less damp situations, often in sandy soils in somewhat swampy areas[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Caesia calliantha can tolerate short-lived temperatures down to around -7°c in its native environment[
154
Title
Flora of Victoria.
Publication
 
Author
Ewart. A. J.
Publisher
University Press; Melbourne
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A flora of eastern Australia, it is rather short on information that is useful to the plant project.
].
Plants are likely to require a well-drained soil in a sunny position and some sort of protection in the winter.

Edible Uses

Root. We have no more details other than that the roots are slightly fleshy[
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
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Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-10-22. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Caesia+parviflora>

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