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Arthropodium minus - R.Br.

Common Name Small Vanilla Lily
Family Asphodelaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in a variety of habitats from the coast to alpine areas. Eucalyptus forests, woodlands and sub-alpine meadows, favouring drier habitats than A. milleflorum[193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Arthropodium minus Small Vanilla Lily


Arthropodium minus Small Vanilla Lily

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Arthropodium minus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. Rather watery with a slightly sweet or bitter flavour[193]. Plants produce about 4 - 5 tubers, each of which are up to 3cm long[193].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained sandy peaty loam in a warm, sheltered sunny position[200]. 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[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and colder longer and wetter winters. The plant has a strong scent of vanilla, this is especially noticeable on warm days[157].

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Plant Propagation

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.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Arthropodium cirrhatumRock-lilyPerennial1.0 7-10  LMNM10 
Arthropodium milleflorumPale Vanilla LilyPerennial0.3 7-10  LMNM30 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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