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Common Name: Twining Fringed Lily
Thysanotus patersonii is a Perennial Climber up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
Sandy heaths and mallees[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. It tolerates temperatures down to about -7°c in Australian gardens[
], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. A twining plant, it often trails on the ground if there is no support for it to climb[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a fertile well-drained sandy loan in a sunny position[
Root - raw or cooked[
Australian Aborigines used to roll the whole vine into a ball, roast it in hot ashes and grind it into a green powder that was eaten with gum tree roots[
Seed - sow thinly in spring in a sandy compost in a greenhouse[
]. Grow the seedlings on in the pot for their first growing season and pot them on into individual pots in early spring of the following year. Grow them on for at least another year in a greenhouse before trying them outdoors.