Anthericum milleflorum Redouté
Anthericum paniculatum Andrews
Anthericum pendulum Hornem.
Arthropodium appendiculatum Fisch., C.A.Mey. & Avé-Lall.
Arthropodium elongatum DC.
Arthropodium lindleyi Kunth
Arthropodium minus Lindl.
Arthropodium paniculatum (Andrews) R.Br.
Arthropodium pendulum (Redouté) DC.
Phalangium milleflorum (Redouté) Steud.
Phalangium paniculatum (Andrews) Redouté
Phalangium pendulum Redouté
Common Name: Pale Vanilla Lily
Arthropodium milleflorum is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from a tuberous rootstock. The plant produces a cluster of spear-shaped, basal leaves up to 30cm long and one or more flowering stems up to 100cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is often grown in gardens, valued especially for itd floral display.
Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, ?Queensland
Found in a variety of habitats from the coast to alpine areas. Eucalyptus forests, woodlands and sub-alpine meadows, favouring moist grassy sheltered slopes[
Arthropodium milleflorum is not very cold tolerant, but it succeeds in areas where temperatures seldom fall much below freezing so long as it is given a sunny sheltered position and a well-drained soil[
]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[
Prefers a well-drained sandy peaty loam in a warm, sheltered sunny position[
The plant has a strong scent of vanilla, this is especially noticeable on warm days[
Root - cooked[
]. Rather watery with a slightly sweet or bitter flavour[
]. Plants produce about 4 - 5 tubers, each up to 3cm long[
Seed - sow late winter in a cold greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.